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Rhode Island Acquires 58 Acres of Forestland in Hopkinton For Recreational Use

Submitted by:  Backcountry Press Outdoor News 
Posted on: 01/10/19

The property features 1,300 feet of frontage on Blue Pond and was the last remaining unprotected frontage on the pond. With this acquisition, Blue Pond is now nearly fully encircled by conservation land. Ledge outcroppings overlooking Blue Pond dot the property, which is covered with red maple and red and black oak with an understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron, and blueberry. An existing trail runs from Canonchet Road to Blue Pond and has the potential to link into existing trails at Rockville Management Area.

The 1,000-acre Rockville Management Area contains four freshwater ponds: Ell Pond, Long Pond, Ashville Pond, and Blue Pond. Although consisting mostly of forest cover, it also has characteristics of a southern New England bog. Parts of it developed at the edges of glacial ponds into highly acidic, low oxygen wetlands where plants grow on the partly decayed remains of other plants, which accumulate into a peat layer. Many of its tree and plant species are evergreen – which helps reduce the loss of nutrients stored in leaves – such as the Atlantic white cedar, and it includes thick rhododendron forests. 

The management area supports habitat capable of providing for a wide variety of game wildlife including cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, fox, coyote, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, and woodcock.

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Acquisition of 58 acres – including 1,300 feet of frontage on Blue Pond – preserves critical habitat and provides additional opportunities for hiking, fishing, and hunting within the Rockville Management Area.

The property abuts DEM's Rockville Management Area and sits within 2,000 acres of contiguous protected land owned by DEM, the Audubon Society of RI, and The Nature Conservancy that is open to the public for recreational activities.

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Rhode Island Acquires 58 Acres of Forestland in Hopkinton For Recreational Use