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Durfee Hill Management Area
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Location and Access

Durfee Hill Management Area is comprised of four parcels of land all located within the town of Glocester, RI. The western parcel borders Connecticut with main access at the check station on Reynolds Road (part of RI Route 94). The eastern and largest parcel is located south of Route 44 and along Durfee Hill Road. Durfee Hill Road is open for its entire length with state land occurring on both sides for approximately 1.5 miles south of Route 44. Topographic quad maps for Thompson, CT and Chepachet, RI cover these areas.

Habitat

Durfee Hill covers a total land area of 1176 acres. The area is composed of Primarily forest land (deciduous 726 acres, evergreen 201 acres), with wetlands (209 acres) and agricultural land (29 acres) accounting for the balance. The DFW maintains a series of wildlife farming fields and food plots to add diversity to the area and to provide food and cover for both game and non-game wildlife. A wildlife marsh covering approximately 16 acres in area occurs in the western section below the check station along Reynolds Road. A second, larger impoundment, Burlingame Reservoir, contains both open water and emergent wetlands and is an excellent producer of local wood ducks.

Wildlife

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


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