- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has purchased 30 acres of forest to be permanently preserved as open space.

The Providence Journal reports that the state Department of Environmental Management used bond money approved by voters to purchase the property in Hopkinton. The department spent $132,000 to buy the land from Virginia Jalbert.

Jalbert says the purchase will honor the memory of her parents, Joan and Jane Jalbert.

The area includes several ponds, a bog and rhododendron forests. The department says some species of animals in the area are not located in other parts of the state, such as the black rat snake and the hooded warbler.

The property will be open to the public for recreation, including hunting and hiking.

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