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, DEM announced June 11.

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, DEM said.

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

“Rhode Islanders truly enjoy these natural assets … and the positive benefits they provide to our quality of life,” said DEM Director Janet Coit.

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