Middletown, RI. – June 20, 2017 – Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has selected two local high school seniors to receive the fourth annual Environmental Leadership Award (“ELA”) for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship supports youth leaders on Aquidneck Island who inspire our community by promoting land conservation and environmentalism through their continued efforts. From this year’s competitive applicant group, ALT has selected Matthew Carlone of Middletown High School and Tyler Blake of Rogers High School to receive awards.

“The impact that young students can have on a community is incredible,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of ALT. “The ELA is a great way to both inspire and reward high school seniors who show a life-long commitment to preserving our environment for future generations.” Allott personally awarded $500 scholarships to both winners at their respective high school awards ceremonies.

Matthew Carlone demonstrated a passion to protect Aquidneck Island’s ecology through his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America and an internship with Clean City Newport. Matthew plans to further his education next year by pursuing a degree in environmental engineering at The George Washington University.

Tyler Blake showed a great interest in ecology through his involvement in horticulture and fishing. His efforts to preserve Aquidneck Island’s natural landscapes are exemplified by his senior project, in which he organized students to pick up trash around Rogers High School, Morton Park, and other local areas.
The students were nominated for the awards by their high school teachers and guidance counselors. Details about the 2018 award will be posted to the ALT website next spring.

About the Aquidneck Land Trust: Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character. The organization has conserved 2,552 acres on 76 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information, visit www.ailt.org.

Middletown, RI. – June 14, 2017 – Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the City of Newport, as part of the Newport Open Space Partnership, announce new summer hours for the historic tower in Miantonomi Park as part of the Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days. The tower will be open and free to the public every Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, beginning June 18 and ending August 27. In addition to the open tower, increased summer programming is planned for the park by the Newport Open Space Partnership (“NOSP”), a collaboration of local non-profits and the City, which has been developing an Open Space Master Plan for Newport’s parks and open spaces. Miantonomi Park is the largest park in Newport and features walking trails, wildlife and several historic sites. It was conserved by ALT in 2005.

“We encourage all Islanders and visitors to experience the tremendous view from the tower,” said Chuck Allott, ALT’s Executive Director. “Over 500 people climbed it last August over a four-day period and we are thrilled to increase the number of open days this summer. The tower is truly one of Newport’s treasures.”

Scott Wheeler, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor/Tree Warden for the City of Newport, added, “We are excited to once again host Miantonomi Exploration Days. The view of the City afforded by climbing the tower is truly spectacular, and it’s a good opportunity for people to explore all the other amenities offered by this great Newport park.”

Established as a World War One memorial park, Miantonomi Park includes Miantonomi Hill, the highest point in Newport. The Hill, once the seat of power for the Narragansett Indians, has housed colonial beacons, revolutionary war fortifications, and finally, a 1929 memorial tower designed by Meade, McKim and White. With the assistance of the Aquidneck Land Trust, Sunset Hill has been added to the park with its revolutionary war earthen redoubt.

The Newport Open Space Partnership includes the City of Newport, Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, Aquidneck Land Trust, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, and Newport Tree Society. The Open Space Master Plan was funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust, RI Foundation, and Prince Charitable Trusts.

About the Aquidneck Land Trust: Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character. The organization has conserved 2,552 acres on 76 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information, visit www.ailt.org.

Middletown, RI. – May 9, 2017 – Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) will host its fifteenth annual golf tournament on Monday, June 19, at Newport National Golf Course in Middletown, RI. The tournament raises funds to support future conservation efforts on Aquidneck Island. One of 76 properties under permanent conservation by ALT, the 350-acre club was recently selected as the “Number One Public Access Course in New England” by New England Golf Monthly.

“This annual tournament is a great favorite with our supporters,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of ALT.
“The course is terrific and the event is a great way for local golfers to play the game and support land conservation at the same time. Our tournament committee, consisting of Arthur Chapman, Tom O’Loughlin, and Trish Seward, have a great event planned!”

The tournament will kick off with registration and lunch at 12:00 pm; the format will be Best Ball of foursome, net and gross, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start. Immediately following the golf, ALT will host a cocktail and awards reception with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Reservations are $250 per player and may be purchased online at the ALT website, www.ailt.org, or by calling the ALT office at 401.849.2799. Corporate sponsorships are available.

About the Aquidneck Land Trust: Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character. The organization has conserved 2,552 acres on 76 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information, visit www.ailt.org.