Portsmouth's Allott to fill in as Aquidneck Land Trust director


To the editor:

On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Ted Clement, Aquidneck Land Trust's out-going executive director, for his 12 years of outstanding service. In sum, TeiP has helped ALT conserve over 2,000 acres and Aquidneck Island is a better place because of his tireless work. As he moves to Hawaii, we wish Ted and his family only the best.

Of course, much work remains to be done to protect the drinking water, agriculture, recreation, scenic vistas and overall quality of life on Aquidneck Island and ALT is fully prepared to move forward under new leadership. I am pleased to announce that attorney and long-time ALT volunteer, Charles ("Chuck") Allott, will serve as interim executive director beginning on December 14, 2012. Working closely with our talented and experienced staff, Chuck will ensure that ALT's work proceeds uninterrupted as we conduct a national search for a permanent executive director.

Chuck has specialized in real estate and municipal law in private practice, and has been an assistant town solicitor, a town councilperson, and a law school adjunct professor. Chuck began volunteering for ALT in 1990, working with one of ALT's founders, Peter Merritt. Since then, Chuck has served as an ALT Board member, chair of ALT's Strategic Direction and Land Acquisition Committees, and a member of ALT's Stewardship, Merritt Neighborhood Fund, Legal Defense and Executive Committees. We are confident he will hit the ground running.

As we bid farewell to Ted and welcome Chuck, I would also like to express my deep appreciation to all our supporters who have helped ALT pursue its mission of, "preserving Aquidneck Island's open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community." Together, we can continue to protect the Island we love.

Linda Ujifusa

ALT Board Chair


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