Rego Farmland and Jones Preserve
Please help ALT conserve two important Portsmouth properties, Rego Farmland and Jones Preserve! With your support, we can permanently protect 27.4 acres of prime farmland and rare forested land from development. Both parcels have high conservation values and are located along East Main Road, providing scenic views of Aquidneck Island landscapes (see short video). With your support, we will raise the $150,000 needed to complete this land campaign and ensure that Rego Farmlands and Jones Preserve remain protected forever. Your donation of any size will help ALT conserve these two prime open spaces. Thank you!
Rego Farmland is a 12-acre active hayfield boasting 100% prime farmland soil. ALT will purchase this property and lease the land for farming. It is located within the ALT Sakonnet Greenway Habitat corridor as well as a large east-west open space corridor, stretching across the middle of Aquidneck Island. It is connected to other open space properties and farms, creating an invaluable habitat patch for wildlife to migrate, forage, and nest. Rego Farmland fronts East Main Road and is part of the scenic view corridor that stretches to the Sakonnet River.
Jones Preserve is a 15.38-acre site located within a rare, 92-acre tract of contiguous forested and wild land. It features successional forest and scrub-shrub habitat, with a mix of native species such as bayberry, red maple, and birch. It serves as habitat for resident and migratory birds, raptors, and small mammals. Jones Preserve is contiguous to other ALT-conserved land, and is located within the corridor of connected lands known as the Sakonnet Greenway. This corridor includes 40 properties protected by ALT and covers 1,365 acres of land on the east side of Aquidneck Island. Aside from one home site, the land will be managed as a combination of wildlife habitat and farmland.
Your generous donations are the lifeblood of our operations. Your support enables us to conserve open space, undertake projects to protect our water supply and watershed area, promote local food production, and educate local youth about conservation. With your help, ALT has conserved 2,619.17 acres of open space — over 11% of our island! — since 1990. Thank you!
Little Creek Preserve Trailside Park
Little Creek Preserve is a spectacular 15.6-acre property that abuts the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, off of Bramans Lane in Portsmouth. With the generous support of hundreds of donors, ALT has raised the funds required to conserve it forever. Your donation to the Trailside Park will help us make the necessary site improvements to make this property publicly accessible. Improvements include trail and boardwalk creation, and park amenities such as benches and picnic tables. Every gift is important – thank you!
The Little Creek River headwaters originate from a freshwater spring on the property and eventually empty into the Sakonnet River, three miles to the south. The wetlands, headwaters, pond and natural spring make it extremely valuable from a water resources perspective. They provide excellent habitat for a range of amphibian and avian species, including songbirds and waterfowl. Wood ducks, spring peepers, woodchucks, turkeys, resident and migratory songbirds, barn owls and various small mammals are all at home on this beautiful site. Its conservation will expand recreational and educational opportunities from the existing trail system and create a larger network of protected wildlife areas on Aquidneck Island.