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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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 …
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, …
Sunday, May 20, 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 Wednesday, which was 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 …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Sakonnet Greenway Trail, which allows both horses and leashed pets, is on target to complete its last phase, a four mile segment, by the end of the year.
Walking your dog in Middletown can be tough. If you are at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, or the greater part of Third Beach, you cannot miss the “no dogs allowed” signs that have Middletown canine’s howling. The Sakonnet Greenway Trail, which is the largest conservation project for the Aquidneck Land Trust, as well as the longest pedestrian trail on the island, welcomes leashed dogs on the trail. ALT director Ted Clement said the decision to allow dogs was an important part of the project. Dogs aren’t the only pet that is welcome to use the trails. Horses are also allowed on the segment around the Newport National Golf Course. According to the ALT, it is the only trail on the island that allows both leashed …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The organization has 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, April 13, 2012
Next week, the Aquidneck Land Trust will mail residents maps and statistics of the most up-to-date view of conserved lands across the island.
More than twenty percent of Aquidneck Island is now conserved, according to the Aquidneck Land Trust. The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) will soon mail out statistics and maps to residents with the latest view of Aquidneck Island's protected areas. The ALT works to conserve various natural resource types across Aquidneck Island, which have value for wildlife habitat, agriculture, water quality, outdoor recreational space or scenic vistas. In the past, such programs might have only been of interest to nature enthusiasts; but beach closures, rising seas and increased storms have caught the attention of both governmental bodies and residents, who realize the preservation of our land and water might be critical to our future. A month ago, a URI …
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 …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The car magnet shown here is your gift for becoming a member of Aquidneck Land Trust before Valentine’s Day.
Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), the nonprofit dedicated to conserving Aquidneck Island’s open spaces, wants to be your Valentine. Sign up for membership—or give a membership as a Valentine’s Day gift—and you will receive a car magnet displaying your heartfelt feelings about Aquidneck Island. Memberships start at $15/year for Young Friend Members (ages 25 and under) and $30/year for Friend Members. ALT has several land conservation projects currently underway, and has identified 200 top-priority parcels of land on the island that need to be protected. The organization has conserved 2,386.50 acres on 66 properties on Aquidneck Island since 1990. “Every dollar counts, and every membership counts because it speaks to the support we have on the …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The East Bay Met School will work on the Earth Day 2012 cleanup of Miantonomi Park as part of a collaborative effort with the land conservation nonprofit.
The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), a land conservation nonprofit based in Middletown, announced yesterday that it has signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement with the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Campus of the Met School, a local charter school with 120 high school students from Aquidneck Island and neighboring communities. The agreement includes several initiatives aimed at increasing awareness and participation in land-use plans. According to an ALT statement: “[Y]oung people in particular have a major stake in what Aquidneck Island’s environment will be like and that the future quality of our environment is in the process of being determined now.” Key provisions of the Conservation Collaboration Agreement between ALT and the East Bay Met…