The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (LCACT) received a 2007 Preserve Rhode Island Merit Award on Wednesday, October 24, at Preserve Rhode Island’s 51st Annual Meeting at the Central Congregational Church in Providence. The award, made in the category of Landscape Preservation, recognized the LCACT’S success in preserving Little Compton’s agricultural landscape.
“The restoration of the Almy Farm stone wall … is particularly significant as it preserves a feature that greatly contributes to Little Compton’s rural character,” wrote Susanne. E. Prull, preservation services coordinator for Preserve Rhode Island, in the award letter. The Almy fields bordered by the restored wall are among several stretches of farm land and open space along Little Compton’s West Main Road that the LCACT has protected.
“The Trust is currently working to protect four more properties along West Main Road, the central corridor through Little Compton, all of which will further enhance the town’s rural character and preserve historic working landscapes, as well as allow future generations of farmers to farm the land,” said George Mason, chairman of the trust.
The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust was established by voters at the 1986 Financial Town Meeting to preserve farmlands and open space in the town through outright purchase of either fee interest in land or development rights, as well as the receipt of donations. Funds for these purchases are raised through a transfer tax on all real estate sales over $150,000.