Spotlight: Buck Hill Management Area

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By Tanner Steeves, Wildlife Biologist, RI DEM

Rhode Island DEM’s Management Areas provide hunting and fishing opportunities to the public, and protect wildlife habitat and important natural communities. In 1958 a 1,300-acre parcel in Burrillville, Rhode Island located in the far northwest corner of the state was purchased to establish Buck Hill Management Area. Subsequent acquisitions in the 1970s added to this area, and with two recent acquisitions along Wakefield Road in 2012 and 2016, the area now totals 2,242 acres. These recent purchases were accomplished in part with funding from the Federal Aid to Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program and The Nature Conservancy. Buck Hill now contributes to more than 7,000 acres of conservation land in the Town of Burrillville held by RIDEM, Burrillville Land Trust and other conservation organizations.

Buck Hill is dominated by oak forest, along with a variety of other habitats including mixed forest and forested wetlands. The 31-acre Buck Hill Impoundment is located near the main entrance and provides a variety of wetland and open water habitats for wildlife and offers waterfowl hunting opportunity. Further north, patches of young forest have been created through forest management to provide habitat for wildlife that rely on these dense thickets. The western shore of Wallum Lake is accessible from the northeast corner of the property; Douglas State Forest (Massachusetts) borders Buck Hill entirely to the north.
Buck Hill Management Area is accessible from a parking area north of Buck Hill Road in western Burrillville. Gated access roads and unimproved trails wind throughout the property. Buck Hill is open to all forms of regulated hunting and trapping, and is located within Deer Management Zone 2. White-tailed deer, turkey, fisher, and woodcock are considered relatively abundant here. Numerous open fields scattered along the main access road are stocked with ring-necked pheasant throughout the small game season. Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration funds made available through the Pittman-Robertson Act and Dingell-Johnson Act, along with matching funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and permits, are used to maintain and enhance this Management Area. With the recent boundary expansion here and other recent acquisitions at Rockville Management Area and Durfee Hill Management Area, RIDEM continues to increase its portfolio of open space to help support wildlife conservation and provide hunting opportunities to the public. Get outside and enjoy Buck Hill Management Area!