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Aquidneck Land Trust and East Bay Met School’s Conservation Collaboration

May 16, 2012 | Aquidneck Land Trust | Middletown, RI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr., Esq.
Executive Director, Aquidneck Land Trust
401-849-2799 ext. 12 | tclement@ailt.org

 

Successfully Achieved All Goals of Agreement

 

MIDDLETOWN, RI -- On January 10th of this year, the Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Campus of the Met School (“East Bay Met”) 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 environment is in the process of being determined now.

East Bay Met is part of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, a State of Rhode Island funded public school district and local education agency which serves about 690 high school students in six small schools across three campuses in Rhode Island. The East Bay Met campus is in Newport and has 120 high school students.     

East Bay Met’s campus is near Miantonomi Memorial Park and Sunset Hill, two properties that ALT conserved with the City of Newport. Students and faculty of East Bay Met utilize these public open space areas for educational and recreational purposes.

Some of the key provisions of the Conservation Collaboration Agreement were as follows:

  1. East Bay Met was to work towards raising the necessary funds by Earth Day 2012 so that all of its students could become members of ALT through ALT’s Young Friends Membership Program;
  2. ALT and East Bay Met were to collaborate on an Earth Day 2012 cleanup of Miantonomi Memorial Park and Sunset Hill in Newport;
  3. ALT staff were to provide educational presentations to East Bay Met students about land conservation; and
  4. ALT was to provide East Bay Met the natural science lesson plans ALT developed for its Sakonnet Greenway Trail, the largest nature trail on Aquidneck Island, as this trail area is a spectacular and free living classroom.


ALT and East Bay Met successfully achieved all of the goals laid out in the Conservation Collaboration Agreement.  Even before Earth Day, the East Bay Met students had successfully raised the necessary $1,800 so that all of the school’s 120 students could become ALT members at the Young Friends Membership rate of $15/person.  It is estimated that together ALT staff, East Bay Met faculty and students picked up about 1,000 pounds of trash on their very successful Earth Day cleanup in April. ALT staff provided technical land conservation, invasive plant species and job related presentations to East Bay Met students. Further, ALT provided East Bay Met with its natural science lesson plans for its Sakonnet Greenway Trail and took East Bay Met students and faculty on a guided tour of this trail.  

In an effort to expedite its time-sensitive land conservation work, ALT is reaching out to young people to join the cause, through its new Young Friends Membership Program and other initiatives such as ALT’s natural science lesson plans for the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, as young people have a major stake in what Aquidneck Island’s environment will be like which is in the process of being determined now. The Pennfield School, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement with ALT in April 2011, and ALT is currently in discussions with other schools.

ALT’s time-sensitive mission is to conserve Aquidneck Island's open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community. Since its founding in 1990, the organization has conserved 2,387 acres on 66 properties on Aquidneck Island.  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.


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