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Carolina Management Area
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Location and Access

Carolina Management Area is located within the western portion of the town of Richmond, RI. The area extends from Kenyon Hill Trail in the north to Route 91 at its southern-most point. Access to Carolina is available at several locations with main access points at the hunter check station on Pine Hill Road, along Shipee Trail off Hope Valley Road, along Meadowbrook Trail north of Pine Hill Road and from Route 112 at the gravel pit entrance north of the State Trout Hatchery. Most of the interior road are gated to limit vehicle access. Topographic quad maps for Carolina, RI cover this area.

Habitat

Carolina covers a total land area of 2359 acres. The area is composed of primarily forest cover (evergreen 960 acres, deciduous 456 acres), wetlands (280 acres) and agricultural lands (134 acres) making up the balance. The DFW maintains approximately 42 management fields which are intensively managed by the DFW for the purpose of increasing food and cover for game and non-game wildlife. Management practices include planting of food and cover crops, maintaining periodic mowing of brush fields, and mowing of pasture grasslands. this diverse area includes several hundred feet of frontage along the Pawcatuck River including forested, shrub and emergent wetlands. The American Fish Culture parcel, added in 1995, contains an active state trout hatchery operated by DFW.

Wildlife

Carolina supports a wide variety of both game and non-game species of wildlife. Typical game mammals found in the area include cottontail rabbits, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer, and furbearers such as fox, raccoon, coyote, muskrat, and mink. Game birds found in the area include ruffed grouse, wild turkey, ring-necked pheasant, woodcock, and bobwhite. Diverse habitats available in the area also support abundant populations of non-game wildlife with ample opportunity for observation of these species available.


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