DEM, Little Compton, & U.S. fish and wildlife restoration program acquire 27 acres of forestland at Eight Rod Management Area
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM has announced the permanent protection of 26.9 acres of forest in Little Compton for public recreation use, including hunting. The parcel abuts DEM’s Eight Rod Management Area, which is between the boundary of Little Compton and Tiverton and consists of over 600 acres of forest and farm fields.
The sum includes $326,500 in US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Restoration Program Funds and $108,750 from the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (LCACT).
“Green spaces to enjoy nature, clean blue waters to swim and fish in, and sandy beaches to soak up the rays are what we love most about Rhode Island,” said Governor Dan McKee. “I applaud the vision and partnership of DEM, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust for preserving this special parcel of land and opening it up to recreational opportunities in perpetuity.”
“Our forestlands face threats on multiple fronts. These threats include development pressures, spread of invasive plants and pests, and wildfire risks,” said DEM Acting Director Terry Gray. “Preserving and protecting these valuable habitats helps protect drinking water, improve air quality, mitigate climate change, provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, promote health, and harbor wildlife. We thank our partners at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Restoration Program and Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust for joining us in preserving the Booth family property for generations of Rhode Islanders to come.”
“The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust appreciates the opportunity to successfully collaborate with RIDEM and federal partners to preserve the Booth property and looks forward to supporting the conservation and recreational opportunities this land presents,” said William Richmond, LCACT Chairman.
The acquisition abuts Newport Water’s Watson Reservoir, helping protect Newport’s water quality, which is closely linked to a waterbody’s environment and land use. The Booth property’s connections for wildlife enhances its value. The property consists of mixed oaks, American Beech, and hickory hardwood with an understory of American holly, which is a rare species that needs protection. Public access will be maintained to provide for recreation use including hiking and hunting.