ALT urges Portsmouth residents to help save tree farm

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) is urging Portsmouth residents to contact Town Council members to support a campaign to save Spruce Acres, a local tree farm on the town line of Portsmouth and Middletown.

ALT is trying to purchase Spruce Acres Farm to protect it as open space, and open it up to the public for hiking trails, farmer plots, community gardens, and to promote stewardship on Aquidneck Island.

However, ALT depends on a variety of funding to protect open space, including grants from the towns on Aquidneck Island, according to the ALT. 

A $300,000 grant is expected to go before the Town Council for a discussion and possible vote at the council’s next meeting to be held Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road.

The Town of Middletown has agreed to match the grant if Portsmouth votes in favor, according to the ALT. The total grant is $600,000. 

“With generous grants and individual donations ALT has already fundraised, we will be over 75 percent of the way to the total we need to acquire the property if the Portsmouth Town Council votes in favor of the project,” according to a statement from the ALT. 

Prior to the meeting on Monday, the ALT is asking residents to contact Town Council members or to attend the meeting. 

“Please contact your Town Council members to express your support of Spruce Acres. Or, join us on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Town Council Meeting.

“We need you – Please show up and voice support, and bring friends, neighbors, and fellow supporters of open space!”

Contact information for Town Council members can be found at

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