Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state in the nation.
Rhode Island has led the Nation in the percentage of farmland lost to development. It is estimated that Rhode Island has lost more than 80% of its active farmland since the 1940’s and that 3/4 of the remaining 40,000 acres are still not protected from development.
The total acreage of Aquidneck Island is about 24,500 acres.
Aquidneck Island has about 60,000 residents and 3 million annual visitors.
Over 70% of Prudence Island, RI, 44% of Nantucket, MA, 40% of Block Island, RI, 40% of Martha’s Vineyard and 18% of Manhattan is conserved. By comparison, a little over 20% of Aquidneck Island is currently conserved.
ALT is one of over 40 land trusts operating in Rhode Island.
ALT was the first nationally accredited land trust in Rhode Island.
ALT was the first land trust in Rhode Island to secure a perpetual conservation easement on municipal reservoir areas.
Aquidneck Island depends on 9 reservoirs, 7 located on Aquidneck Island, for almost all of its drinking water supply.
There are currently over 100 small vacant lots in Newport that are vulnerable to development, a number of which could serve as important “pocket parks”, community gardens and more.
ALT-conserved properties protect numerous State Listed Species of Concern including: the Great Blue Heron, the Song Sparrow, Cooper’s Hawk, the Great Egret and the Black-Capped Chickadee.
Barn Owls, a State Endangered Species, are known to live and breed in only two localities in Rhode Island: Block Island and Aquidneck Island. Barn Owl nests are situated on not one but two properties conserved by ALT.
The longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island is ALT’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail. When completed, it will provide almost 10 miles of trail winding from the Glen in Portsmouth to the Wyatt Road Recreational Complex in Middletown.
Green open space acts as a “carbon sink” which helps absorb carbon and mitigate global warming.
Aquidneck Land Trust
790 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842 P: 401.849.2799 F: 401.851.8998