On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Crump family generously donated a perpetual Conservation Easement to the Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”), as part of ALT’s Newport Conservation Initiative, on a strategic 3.76 +/- acre open space property situated within Newport’s scenic Ocean Drive corridor and contiguous with other conserved lands and Gooseneck Cove.
In 2009, ALT launched its Newport Conservation Initiative. The Newport Conservation Initiative is a two pronged conservation strategy. The urban parks part of this initiative is focused on conserving the important existing and inadequately protected parks in the City of Newport with perpetual Conservation Easements. This is coupled with the creation and conservation of new parks in the City such as turning vacant lots into small neighborhood parks, commonly known as “pocket parks.”
The landscapes and estates part of this initiative is focused on conserving the important landscapes and scenic areas of the City of Newport, especially in the Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive areas located within ALT’s Newport Neck Greenway. Through this initiative, ALT and its partners hope to strategically limit the “development infilling” of the City and conserve the critical natural resources and scenic vistas that distinguish Newport and directly contribute to the quality of life on Aquidneck Island.
The subject property has a number of conservation values. It is located within a City of Newport Historic District. The property is also strategically contiguous with other lands conserved by ALT, all located within ALT’s Newport Neck Greenway, an area on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island that contains a critical mass of nearby important and scenic open space properties, thereby building upon and enhancing this past conservation work. The Crump land offers an important scenic backdrop to the nationally renowned Ocean Drive which attracts innumerable visitors every year. This property, and other nearby open spaces, also provide a critical natural buffer/green filter strip along Gooseneck Cove which helps protect this public water resource from harmful runoff. Further, the land has wildlife habitat values.
“It was a pleasure working with the Crump family on this conservation transaction, and we cannot thank them enough for their generous gift which will benefit current and future generations. I am also very pleased to have been able to help deliver another lasting green gift to Aquidneck Island, a place and community which has done so much for my family and I, before my departure to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust,” said Ted Clement, ALT Executive Director.
ALT’s time-sensitive mission is to conserve Aquidneck Island's open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community. With today’s closing, the organization has conserved 2,418.95 acres on 68 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.AquidneckLandTrust.org.