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January 25, 2008
Charlestown parcel added to roster of protected lands
The state has added more than 40 acres to its list of protected open spaces in Rhode Island.
The newest area is a 43-acre wooded property near the drainage basin of Worden's Pond in Charlestown.
The state bought a $363,000 conservation easement on he property, paid for by a federal grant and $61,000 in open space funds.
The property is adjacent to another parcel of land that is protected by the federal forest legacy program, the South Kingstown Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. It will remain available for scientific study and occasional access by conservation groups as well as for other educational purposes.
The land will remain privately owned by Larry Webster, who will also manage it with the help of a forest management plan approved by the state Department of Environmental Management.
The state has more than 2,000 acres of forest land that is protected from development and non-forest uses.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
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