NOAA awards grant to protect Prudence Island land

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a grant to protect 103 acres of land on Prudence Island from future development.

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced that the state’s Department of Environmental Management will use the $412,500 grant to partner with the local land trust, the Prudence Conservancy, to buy the land.

The land will be included in the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is protected from development.

The parcel is known as the Little Property. It’s adjacent to existing reserves on Prudence Island and home to diverse wildlife.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the special parcel of land will be permanently protected for future generations.

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin says it will be easily accessible to the public for education, research and recreation.

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