Strater – Bumble Bee Farm Trust

17.268 Acres
Plat 21/Lot 72-1

The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust purchased the development rights to seventeen acres of property known as Plat 21, Lot 72-1 on December 17, 2019. Plat 21, Lot 72-1 was created through a subdivision, which combined ten (10) acres of property from Plat 21, Lot 72 with seven (7)acres of property from Plat 20, Lot 40-3.  The development rights to the original property of Plat 21, Lot 72, were purchased from the Blanche F. Strater Revocable Trust.  The development rights to the original property Plat 20, Lot 40-3 were purchased from the Bumble Bee Farm Trust – Stater(1988) and the Bumble Bee Farm Trust -Windle (1988). Plat 21, Lot 72-1 is located on West Main Road.  Approximately ten acres of this property is currently in agricultural use.

A Baseline Documentation Report was completed on this property in November 2019.  The Report outlines the history of the property, as well as, its current land uses (see below). The entire report is available on this website.

Prior Land Uses: The Protected Property has a long agricultural history, which continues today.  early historic aerial photographs from 1939 show a similar configuration of farmland and forest as is found today, but it is clear that forested areas had only recently begun to naturally revegetate.  This progression continues in photographs available from 1951-2 and 1961, though there is far more extensive farmland still in use to the north and south throughout these time periods.  From the early 1980s through present, residential development increases in the surrounding area and houses advance along Holly Berry Road.

Current Land Uses: Today, the Protected Property contains two fields- one planted in annual cow corn and one old field that appears not to have been mowed in several years.  The remainder of the Protected Property is deciduous woods and damp oak-holly forest.