SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The South Kingstown Land Trust has completed the purchase of 43 acres of wooded land on the south side of Worden Pond Road from the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The purchase price was $767,500, with $362,500 coming from the town of South Kingstown, and $255,000 from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The Nature Conservancy and private foundations contributed the remaining funds.
The property is adjacent to four protected open space parcels, two owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, one owned by the DEM and the fourth, Tuckertown Park, owned by the town of South Kingstown. The Boy Scouts’ Camp Aquapaug is across the road, bringing the total protected open space to 360 acres.
The land trust describes the new property as a fine example of Rhode Island woodland habitat. “The newly acquired land contains mixed hardwood forest, a wetlands stream complex, statewide important farmland soils, and scenic views along two roadways. Alewife Brook, flowing from Tucker Pond to Worden Pond, forms the property’s southern boundary,” the trust said in its announcement.
The land trust has generated a management plan for the property and will now begin planning a hiking trail system and parking area.