Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) this week announces the opening of a new 165-foot boardwalk at its Little Creek Preserve property on Bramans Lane in Portsmouth.  The boardwalk is one of many improvements made to the 15+-acre site, which was conserved by  ALT in 2018. The boardwalk terminates in an 8’x16’ viewing platform over a marsh. The property features picnic tables, benches, and a half-mile loop trail that links to the Sakonnet  Greenway Trail, a 10-mile nature trail through ALT-conserved properties stretching from Linden  Land in Portsmouth to Wyatt Road in Middletown. 

“The boardwalk is a terrific addition to this beautiful property,” said Chuck Allott,  Executive Director of ALT in a statement. “We are very grateful to the hundreds of donors who contributed both to its purchase and, later, to the improvement fund. We thank the Bafflin Foundation and  the Betty Byrne de Zahara Charitable Fund for their generosity as well, and invite everyone to  enjoy the results of this community-supported project.” The boardwalk was built by JAM  Construction and designed by Narragansett Engineering.

Little Creek Preserve is home to the headwaters of Little Creek and is bordered by three  other ALT-protected open spaces. Formerly part of a dairy farm, it is now conserved in  perpetuity as a public open space and wildlife refuge. The mix of meadow, upland scrub-shrub,  marsh, forested wetlands, vernal pools, and riparian areas around Little Creek provide habitat for  a range of amphibian, mammalian, and avian species. The property is a great spot for birding and  is free and open to the public daily, from dawn until dusk. 

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