Aquidneck Land Trust and St. Michael's Country Day School signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement recognizing that young people in particular have a major stake in what Aquidneck Island's environment will be like and that the future quality of our e
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Ted Clement, executive director of the ALT, is stepping down to become executive director of a land trust in Hawaii.
Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr., executive director of the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), is stepping down. The ALT sent out the following letter on Tuesday morning: Dear Supporters, I have bittersweet news to deliver. On Dec. 21, 2012, I will end my service to the Aquidneck Land Trust as its Executive Director. All of the success enjoyed by ALT these past years, especially during the recession, has naturally attracted the attention of others. I have consistently turned down employment opportunities presented by others these last few years as my family and I very much love the community here, ALT and Aquidneck Island itself. However, I was recently presented a unique employment offer that was right for my family and I: becoming the Hawaiian …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Aquidneck Land Trust is thankful for your support this year.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The following event information was provided by the Aquidneck Land Trust
Please join the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) on Thursday, August 9th at 5:30pm at the Middletown Town Hall, 350 East Main Road in Middletown, to learn about ALT’s 2012 Aquidneck Island’s Conserved Lands Mapping Project. This presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so RSVP to Sophia DeMaio, ALT’s Stewardship Director, at email@example.com or 849-2799 ext. 14. Click here to see the results of the 2012 Aquidneck Island’s Conserved Lands Mapping Project. There were various take home messages from this mapping project. First, good conservation is like good government, it requires checks and balances, and not all conserved lands have adequate checks and balances. For simplicity purposes, …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Aquidneck Land Trust raised more than $3 million for this project.
The following is from a press release. The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has successfully completed the fundraising for its more than $3 million Campaign to Save the St. Mary’s Church Land when it was awarded $110,000 for the project from The Nature Conservancy through a grant from The Champlin Foundations. ALT will now work on closing this important conservation project. On May 25, 2011, ALT, St. Mary’s Church Portsmouth and the Trustees of the Sarah Gibbs Trust signed an Option Agreement that gave ALT until May 24, 2013 to raise over $3 million to conserve about 70 critical open space acres of the St. Mary’s Church land between East Main Road and the St. Mary’s Pond Reservoir in Portsmouth. With the generous grant from The Nature …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Aquidneck Land Trust recently filmed and released an documentary about its projects, priorities and accomplishments.
The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) released an awareness video on Wednesday, shot with original footage of Aquidneck Island. Chris Hunter, owner of Collective Thought Media and NewportRIphotos.com, created the short film. "The short documentary is a wonderful way for people to learn more, through beautiful images and informal conversation, about the exciting things the Aquidneck Land Trust is doing, with critical assistance from our supporters, to protect our beloved island. We are most grateful to Chris Hunter, of Collective Thought Media, for donating this film to us," ALT Executive Director Ted Clement, Jr. said. The video serves to summarize current ALT priority projects and detail its activities and accomplishments, and includes an …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Aquidneck Land Trust announced today the 2012 recipients of its Merritt Neighborhood Fund grants.
This year's 2012 recipients of the Aquidneck Land Trust's Merritt Neighborhood Fund grants include several Newport schools. This year, ALT's Merritt Fund has given $7,250 in grant awards to local neighborhood groups, schools and community associations for the preservation and use of small open spaces. Fourteen organizations from Aquidneck Island's three municipalities have received grants: Methodist Community Gardens, Norman Bird Sanctuary, East Bay Community Action Program's NFCOZ and Head Start, Portsmouth Garden Club, Portsmouth Playground Committee, The Pennfield School, Sustainable Aquidneck, Friends of the Middletown Public Library, Rogers High School, St. Michael's Country Day School, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Middletown Tree …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Aquidneck Land Trust's most recent study shows conserved land on the island is up ten percent from 2004.
The Aquidneck Land Trust recently released its newest Land Mapping Project results, which showed that 20.6 percent of the island’s land is now conserved. That number shows steady growth from the year 2000, when 15 percent was conserved, and 2004's rate of 16.6 percent, both years where land mapping studies were conducted. But there is still more work to be done, ALT Executive Director Ted Clement, Jr. said. Clement said his message from the ALT to the public is a positive one. The jump from 15 percent in 2000 to 20.6 percent in 2012 is a “significant increase.” About 500 acres had been conserved 12 years ago, as opposed to the 2,380 acres conserved today. “We’re seeing a very positive momentum with land conservation with the island …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The organization started a campaign through Groupon Grassroots to raise money for an $800 grant for a local community.
There are five days left to purchase a Groupon that can help the Aquidneck Land Trust provide a grant to a deserving community group. Typically, if a certain number of users purchase the day’s Groupon, a business will offer a service or product for a greatly reduced price. The Aquidneck Land Trust, however, wishes to sell nothing. Instead, if 80 people buy its $10 Groupon, the Aquidneck Land Trust can provide an $800 Merritt Neighborhood Fund grant to “one of Aquidneck Island’s neighborhood or community groups to support the preservation of small parks, playgrounds, and other natural spaces.” Groupon reached out to the organization, Ted Clement, Jr., Executive Director of the Aquidneck Land Trust, said. “We were honored that Groupon …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Patch sat down with Aquidneck Land Trust Executive Director Ted Clement to learn how the not-for-profit organization is protecting the land and wildlife of Aquidneck Island.
For Ted Clement, Esq., executive director of Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, environmental conservation is not only a career, but a life-long calling. Originally from Vermont, Clement worked for the Vermont Land Trust, Peace Corps and Outward Bound School before relocating to Rhode Island to join ALT back in 2000. Today, in addition to his role at ALT, he also serves on the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, ecoRI news and Center for Whole Communities. “Good conservation is like good government,” he said. “You need good checks and balances.” He uses his legal background to do just that. The mission of ALT is to conserve open spaces through permanent, legally binding agreements. He explained when land is donated …