On August 11, 2016, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust purchased the development rights to a portion of Plat 31, Lot 52-2, from Melanie Fletcher and Julie McKenney. Through a subdivision, the portion of property protected by the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust, then became know as Plat 31, Lot 52-6. Plat 31, Lot 52-6 is located on Maple Avenue and consists of 25.497 acres of land, all of which are protected via a Restrictive Covenant.
A Baseline Documentation Report was completed for this property in May 2016. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as, it’s land uses (see below). The entire report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: The Premises have a long agricultural history. While the drier, back portion of the Premises was undoubtedly farmed during the period of colonial settlement, historical aerial photos dating back to 1939 show regenerating woodland similar proportion to what is found on the Premises today. The portion of Lot 5 west of Sisson Brook remained in open agricultural land until sometime in the late 1960s. The two large ponds on Lot 4 were constructed sometime between 1962 and 1972. Christmas trees were planted in the front portion of the Premises sometime in the mid-1980s.
Current Land Use: Today, the Premises contain open acreage planted in Christmas Trees, overgrown tree plantation, ruderal shrubland, mixed oak forest, red maple swamp, four ponds, and Sisson Brook. Woods roads and cartpaths (shown in Figure 2) provide access to dry woodland at the back of the Premises and much cutting is present.
Proposed Future Use: It is the purpose of the Deed to Development Rights to retain the Premises forever, substantially unchanged from its present natural condition and its present aesthetic, agricultural and open space condition and to prevent any use of the Premises that will significantly impair or interfere with the Conservation Values of the Premises.