State buys 101 acres in Glocester for public recreational uses

THE BRITTON FAMILY property, shown in the slash-shaded area, was purchased by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management./ COURTESY DEM
THE BRITTON FAMILY property, shown in the slash-shaded area, was purchased by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management./ COURTESY DEM

GLOCESTER – The state has purchased 101 acres in Glocester for public recreational use, such as hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.

The purchase of the acreage that abuts the Durfee Hill Management Area was announced Thursday by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. The price was $373,500, with the funds primarily coming from a federal grant.

The sellers were the Britton family, who said in a statement they were pleased to “return the land to its natural state for all to appreciate.”

The DEM purchased the property from Donald Britton, Jo-Ann DeRosa and Barbara A. Allaire. In addition to $355,000 from a statewide land acquisition grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the state used $18,500 in state open space bonds.

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The land, together with the George Washington Management Area, creates open space and conserved land of 5,200 acres. A small parking area exists immediately to the west of the property, providing easy access, according to the DEM.

The land adjoins 255 acres already included in the DEM’s Northwest Hunting Cooperative, land which is privately owned but open to the public for hunting.

The 101 acres and the hunting cooperative’s holdings will link the western and eastern parcels of the Durfee Hill Management Area and create a contiguous hunting ground.

The wildlife in the area include white-tailed deer, fox, coyote, ruffed grouse, mink, wild turkey, and woodcock.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.