Help Save This Land!
ALT is currently raising funds to permanently conserve Little Creek Preserve, a wetland wildlife refuge, and to create access to Spruce Acres Farm, a recently conserved property that requires upgraded parking facilities and other improvements to assure safe public access. Your contributions to these important projects will make them a reality. Thank you!
Little Creek Preserve (LCP)
Once part of a 75-acre dairy farm, Little Creek Preserve is now a spectacular 15.6-acre property that abuts the Sakonnet Greenway Trail. Donations are urgently needed as ALT must raise $368,000 to permanently conserve the land by May 1, 2018. The wetlands and pond provide excellent habitat for a range of amphibian and avian species, including songbirds and waterfowl. Just some of the wildlife seen and heard on the property include wood ducks, spring peepers, woodchucks, turkeys, resident and migratory songbirds, barn owls, coyotes, and various small mammals.
The headwaters of Little Creek River begin from a freshwater spring on the property, which eventually empties 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. Because it borders other ALT-conserved properties, its acquisition would open up a number of recreational and educational opportunities from the existing trail system and create a larger network of protected wildlife areas.
Little Creek is under immediate threat of subdivision and development as ALT works to meet the deadline. Your donation will help to permanently conserve this important property. Our great thanks to those who have already made donations to save Little Creek Preserve. Each gift is greatly appreciated. Gifts over $1,000 are recognized as Leadership Gifts. Help save Little Creek Preserve. Thank you!
Spruce Acres Farm (SAF)
ALT members and supporters contributed over $2.1 million in 2016-17 to purchase and permanently conserve Spruce Acres Farm, a centrally-located, 22.7-acre property on the Middletown/ Portsmouth border. SAF abuts the Sisson Pond drinking supply watershed area and is connected to several other conserved properties, collectively known as the Center Island Greenway. These conserved lands provide an important corridor of wildlife and bird habitat. Portions of the property will also be leased for farming and community gardens. SAF is a superb asset for all Islanders and visitors, and its purchase has assured the protection of key land and water assets for our community.
Your donation will help ALT bring this property to full public accessibility so that residents and visitors may enjoy its walking trails, bird and wildlife viewing opportunities, and natural setting while farmers use the prime agricultural soils for growing. Make a gift to Spruce Acres Farm. Thank you!