The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) today announced that it has completed its campaign to conserve a 7.56-acre section of historic Glen Farm.

The property,  located on Glen Farm Road in Portsmouth, has significant conservation values and could have been subdivided into as many as eight house lots, according to ALT.

More than 260 individuals, businesses, and foundations contributed $472,000 to permanently conserve the land, which had been part of the  500-acre Taylor estate in the late nineteenth century. A grant of $200,000 from the State of  Rhode Island’s open space bond program, approved by state voters as part of the green economy bond, provided key funding.  

The property is a prime parcel of farmland, currently used for grazing Glen Farm Stables horses. In addition to its use as pasture, it provides wildlife habitat and is contiguous to a creek that drains into the Sakonnet River, 500 feet north of Sandy Point Beach. Conserving the land will protect the creek and the beach from pollutants common to developed land, such as fertilizers and pesticides. The site is surrounded by a mix of protected and unprotected farmland,  parks, trails, and forestland, and is part of an iconic view corridor from East Main Road to the Sakonnet River. A short walking path around the perimeter of the pasture is expected to open in  late 2022 after ALT has completed the necessary infrastructure. 

“This property is part of a treasured and historic landscape,” said Chuck Allott, ALT’s  Executive Director. “We are very grateful to the owners for their commitment to conservation  and to all those who contributed to this important campaign.” 

“The area around The Glen is special to our family and we are pleased that we could help protect it,” said Steve Johnson, one of the owners. Johnson and his wife, Irene, daughter  Meredith Spitalnik, and son-in-law Jason Spitalnik, worked with ALT to save the land, selling  the development rights at a significant discount to ensure its protection. Both couples live in  Portsmouth. “The open spaces around Glen Manor are quite special and need to be preserved,”  said Jason Spitalnik. “Meredith and I are glad we can be a part of making that happen, with  ALT’s help.”  

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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