The Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy has acquired more than 160 acres along the Narrow River in North Kingstown. It’s the group’s largest single acquisition along the river.
The property sits between two other conservation sites, adding up to more than 700 acres of protected woodland. The forest helps to filter runoff before it enters the river. Scott Comings, associate director of the state’s chapter, said many animals, including river herring, rely on the river and its shoreline for food and shelter.
“It’s important for migratory songbirds and a lot of other wildlife," said Comings. "So it’s really a hotbed of species of greatest conservation."
The Girl Scouts of Southern New England used to own the land and will continue to use it. The Nature Conservancy plans to add public hiking trails to the property.
“There’s going to be a hiking trail and a parking lot,” said Comings. “And so the public is going to get a chance to experience this property. If you’re up on the northern part of the Narrow River, this is a prominent view, and so the kayakers will be able to continue to enjoy it.”
Comings says the nonprofit has been working to restore and protect habitat around the Narrow River with other partners for more than 20 years. It acquired this most recent property with money from the Champlin Foundations.
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