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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

December 13, 2000

Contact:

Sally Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

ALMOND ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF 200 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE IN BURRILLVILLE
Willoughby property will be added to the Black Hut Management Area

PROVIDENCE - Governor Lincoln Almond today announced that the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has acquired 200 acres of land to add to the state’s 1,548-acre Black Hut Management Area in Burrillville. The newly acquired property features rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands and 1,600 feet of frontage on Spring Lake. The parcel also includes five small ponds, including an old quarry pond.

"This acquisition helps to preserve property that is important to the people of Burrillville as well as everyone in the state who has taken advantage of the recreational opportunities in the Black Hut Management Area and Spring Lake," said Almond.

"Black Hut is an important recreation area for hunters and hikers in the northwestern part of the state," said DEM Director Jan Reitsma. "Equally important is its value as part of an open space corridor and watershed protection area. The Town of Burrillville has identified the property as a key open space component in its comprehensive land use plan. The acquisition, which ensures that the property will remain undeveloped, will help protect the water quality of Spring Lake, which is heavily used by swimmers and boaters."

"After years of partnering with DEM to preserve the open space around Spring Lake and improving the town’s beach facility, we are now s pleased that the scenic view form the beach will be preserved in perpetuity," said Cheri Hall, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Burrillville. "In fact, one of the goals in the town’s 1999 recreation, conservation and open space plan was to preserve the views afforded by the Willoughby property."

DEM purchased the property, located on Cherry Farm Road and Black Hut Road, from Alan and Jane Willoughby. The land, as is the rest of the Black Hut Management Are, will be managed by DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. The $575,000 purchase price, which will be paid out over two years, includes $475,000 from previous open space bond funds and $100,000 from hunting and fishing license fees collected by DEM.

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