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Rockville Management Area
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Location and Access

Rockville Wildlife Management Area is located within the town of Hopkington, RI. The area consists of three parcels of property separated by private lands. The western-most parcel borders the Connecticut state line, the other parcels lie approximately 1/3 mile to the east. Access to the western parcel, which includes a portion of Elk Pond, is off West Rockville Road. Access to the eastern parcel, which includes substantial portions of Blue Pond, Ashville Pond, and part of the southern shoreline along Long Pond, is along Canonchet Road. The area is crossed by a number of hiking trails which are part of the Appalachian Mountain Club trail system in RI. the area also contains a number of gated gravel roads and trails which limit vehicle access. The management area is found on the Voluntown, CT and Hope Valley, RI topographic quad sheets.

Habitat

Rockville covers a total land area of 1002 acres. The lands are mostly forest cover (deciduous 746 acres, evergreen 25 acres), with wetlands (219 acres), agricultural lands (5 acres), and other lands (5 acres) composing the balance. Blue Pond lie within the area and covers 90 acres accessible by canoe only. Ashville Pond also lies partially within the management area, in the southeast corner, and covers 25 surface acres. Unique natural habitats, including an example of a Southern New England bog community and thick rhododendron forests, can be found along the shores of Ell Pond

Wildlife

The Rockville area supports habitat capable of providing for a wide variety of game and non-game wildlife. Typical game mammals include cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer, and furbearers such as fox, raccoon, and coyote. Game birds which inhabit the area include ruffed grouse, wild turkey and woodcock. the are also supports populations of non-game wildlife, including songbirds, birds of prey, amphibians, reptiles and insects, with ample opportunity for observation of these species.


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