• State preserves 43 acres of open space for recreation

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state has preserved 43 acres of open space to provide more recreational opportunities in southern Rhode Island.

    The Department of Environmental Management says it's using about $250,000 provided through open space bonds to permanently protect forested land in Charlestown, Rhode Island for public recreational access.

    DEM Director Janet Coit says she's delighted to secure this valuable parcel and encouraged residents to explore it.

    The property abuts DEM's Burlingame Management Area. That area, with the adjoining Burlingame State Park, encompasses more than 4,000 contiguous acres of protected land that's managed for public recreation, including fishing, hunting and camping.

    The department purchased the property from private landowners and at their request, granted a conservation easement to the Charlestown Land Trust to increase the level of protection on the property.

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