Kennedy estate gives 30 Aquinnah acres to VCS

Kennedy estate gives 30 Aquinnah acres to VCS

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The Vineyard Conservation Society has received a gift of 30 acres of the vast Red Gate Farm in Aquinnah, from Caroline Kennedy and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. — Photo courtesy of Vineyard Conservation Society

The Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) has received a year-end gift of land totaling about 30 acres from Red Gate Farm, LLC. The gift consists of small and mid-size parcels near Moshup Trail in Aquinnah, according to a press release.

“We’re grateful for this year-end gift to the Island,” said Brendan O’Neill, VCS executive director. “It represents an important conservation gain, adding several strategic heathland sites to the Moshup conservation area.”

The donated land is consists of 17 parcels ranging in size from less than one acre to almost six acres, some contiguous, some not, Mr. O’Neill said. The total assessment is about $3.7 million.

More than 90 percent of coastal heathlands have been eradicated worldwide, due largely to human influences, according to VCS. Mr. O’Neill said VCS has worked for decades in partnership with public and private colleagues to protect this globally rare resource.

Caroline Kennedy and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, are the owners of the 377-acre Red Gate Farm overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Aquinnah.

In May, the couple put a 54-acre lot with an asking price of $25 million and a 40-acre lot with an asking price of $20 million on the market. Both lots are undeveloped.

The two lots are part of a estate plan subdivision for the property once owned by Ms. Kennedy’s late mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and enjoyed by many members of the extended Kennedy family.

The remote property has long been admired for the privacy it afforded the Kennedy family. The one access road is off Moshup Trail and distinguished by a red gate. The main houses are surrounded by acres of rolling hills, dunes, and coastal heathlands. The estate is bordered by Squibnocket Pond to the southeast.

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