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TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has acquired nearly 150 acres of forest land in Tiverton for recreational use, including hunting, state environmental officials say.

The parcel abuts a 121-acre parcel of protected land that was acquired in 2012 from the Tiverton Rod and Gun Club, and its preservation will help expand existing recreational opportunities in Tiverton, according to a statement from the Department of Environmental Management.

“This acquisition provides the public with close to 150 acres of prime open space for recreation in a densely-populated area of Tiverton, preserves wildlife habitat, and offers additional protection to the City of Newport’s water supply," Janet Coit, the agency's director, said.

The property consists of forest land with a stream, a wetland complex, and several stone walls. The wetlands are part of the Tiverton Great Swamp, the largest natural aquifer in this portion of the state and part of Newport’s drinking water watershed.

The land was purchased from the private owners for $710,000, which includes $487,500 in federal funds.

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