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DEC obtains 525 acres in North Collins for wildlife management and outdoor recreation | Local News

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 525 acres in the Town of North Collins for hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreation.

The property, known as the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area, includes the 43-acre Clear Lake Reservoir and surrounding area that has mature forest, wetlands, brushland and open fields.

The unused land was transferred from the state Office of Mental Health to be managed by the DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife reproduction and outdoor recreation.

The lake was constructed in the 1920s as a reservoir to serve the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center. More recently, it provided water for the Collins Correctional Facility. 

“The new Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area will provide outstanding wildlife-based recreational opportunities for visitors while protecting important habitat for many local species,” Abby Snyder, director of DEC’s Region 9, said in a prepared statement.

“DEC will continue to work with our public and private partners to conserve critical parcels like this that connect our communities to natural resources,” Snyder said.

The area can be accessed on the north side of Genesee Road in North Collins, west of Route 75. The DEC recently installed two parking areas to improve public access to the site.

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R.I. buys 12 acres of forest in Hopkinton for preservation, recreation

Jack Perry
| The Providence Journal

The state has bought 12.6 acres of forest in Hopkinton and is encouraging Rhode Islanders to visit, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said in a news release Thursday.

The land is within the Rockville Management Area and connects with 2,000 acres protected and owned by the DEM, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to preserve this gorgeous parcel of waterfront property in the southwest region of the state for public recreation,” DEM Director Janet Coit said in the news release.

“Rockville Management Area is a delightful place to hike, do some bird-watching, or simply enjoy spending time outdoors. We invite visitors to explore this beautiful site in Hopkinton and soak in the wonders of nature.”

Public recreational use includes hiking, fishing, and hunting, according to the DEM.

The Rockville Management Area contains four freshwater ponds: Ashville Pond, Ell Pond, Long Pond, and Blue Pond, according to DEM.

The new property features 1,850 feet along the 30-acre Ashville Pond.

“The pond edge is forested with some rock outcroppings that provide a magnificent vista of the pond and surrounding forest,” DEM says.

Wildlife in the management area include cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, fox, coyote, ruffed grouse, wild turkey and woodcock.

DEM bought the property for $404,000 from Raymond Marr and E. Lorraine Perry, with funding from the State Open Space Bond funds.

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Simplot opens 10,000 acres to outdoor recreation | Community

Boise — The J.R. Simplot Company announced in a press release it has partnered with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to open approximately 10,000 acres of the company’s private property in southeast Idaho’s highlands for hunting, fishing and recreation use. This opportunity comes through the property’s enrollment in IDFG’s ACCESS YES! program, administered by IDFG in cooperation with landowners, ACCESS YES! provides guidelines for access, specifying any restrictions on the enrolled private property.

The Simplot 10,000-acre enrollment is known as the Aspen Range and comprises five major parcels of property located within two Game Management Units. One large parcel is along the Ninety Percent Range northwest of Soda Springs, which is within Game Management Unit 72. The remaining properties are located in Game Management Unit 76 east of Soda Springs. These properties are located in Trail Canyon, Slug Creek, Diamond Creek, and between Sulphur Canyon and Swan Lake Gulch.

Chad Gentry, Simplot director of mining, says the ACCESS YES! enrollment is a nod to the importance of hunting and outdoor recreation to Idaho residents.

“I grew up hunting with my father and grandfather, and now I continue that tradition with my wife and sons”, Gentry said. “Outdoor recreation is part of the DNA of most of us in southeast Idaho and allowing open access to Simplot’s private property will continue that multi-generational cultural tradition that is so important to many families here.”

The J.R. Simplot Company has been active in phosphate mining in Caribou County since the 1950s starting with the Conda Mine north of Soda Springs. In 1983, the company developed a mine on the east side of Webster Ridge of the Caribou National Forest known as the Smoky Canyon Mine; it will continue to produce phosphate ore for approximately 15 more years. Earlier this year, the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management approved the company’s new mine plan which will be developed along the Dairy Syncline in the Slug Creek area.

The phosphate ore from the Smoky Canyon mine is critical to the production of fertilizer that ultimately helps put food on the tables of a growing population. The ore is crushed into fine particles at the mine, mixed with water, then pumped through an 87-mile buried pipeline to the company’s fertilizer manufacturing facility in Pocatello. The company’s new mine project at Dairy Syncline will use the existing pipeline system to transport the ore to Pocatello.

“Simplot has been a major employer and community partner in southeast Idaho since we started mining operations in 1944,” Gentry said. “Our Smoky Canyon Mine has been the sole source of phosphate for our Pocatello plant for over 30 years, and we anticipate our Dairy Syncline development will last at least that long or longer.”

Simplot’s Smoky Canyon Mine in Caribou County and the company’s Don Plant in Power County employ between 500-700 men and women

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