DEM purchases 43 acres in Charlestown for preservation

CHARLESTOWN – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management has purchased 43 acres of forested land for $256,500 using funding from the state Open Space Bonds, the DEM announced Tuesday.

The parcel abuts the Burlingame Management Area. Combined with the Burlingame State Park, the areas now comprise more than 4,000 contiguous acres of protected land that is managed for public recreational use, the DEM said.

The DEM purchased the land from Gabriel Warren and Ana Flores. At the sellers’ request, the DEM also granted a conservation easement to the Charlestown Land Trust.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure this valuable parcel of land in the southern region of the state. We encourage folks to get outdoors and explore it, because it’s a magnificent property,” said DEM Director Janet Coit in prepared remarks. “Rhode Islanders truly enjoy these natural assets and special places and the positive benefits they provide to our quality of life.”

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The property features a mix of pine and deciduous upland forest with some wetlands, including two small streams. The area is located within the Tomaquag Brook-Pawcatuck River watershed.