Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Aquidneck Land Trust

Org Description/Mission: 

Preserving Aquidneck Island’s open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community.

Aquidneck Land Trust was founded in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by a dedicated group of local residents to save the natural character, environmental health, and economic value of Aquidneck Island. On December 8, 1993, ALT secured its first conservation easement via a donation of the development rights to 2.4 acres of the historic estate of John J. Slocum on Bellevue Avenue in Newport.
Later in the 1990s, ALT set what was considered a near impossible goal: 2,000 conserved acres. This was considered very difficult due to the price of real estate, intense development pressures and the limited opportunities available on Aquidneck Island. In August 2000, after 10 years of conservation work, ALT had conserved about 500 acres. Then, in October 2008, ALT reached and surpassed the 2,000 conserved acre mark. Our committed supporters helped make this tangible and long-term accomplishment possible and will help ALT conserve the next 2,000 acres.
Today, ALT is overseen by more than 20 Trustees and guided by over 20 additional Advisory Board members, providing expertise in disciplines such as law, agriculture, finance, real estate, environmental protection, business and land conservation. Furthermore, a full-time staff manages the complex operations of land conservation, stewardship, outreach and fundraising.