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George Washington Management Area
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Location and Access

George Washington Management Area is located within both the towns of Burrillville and Glocester, RI with the largest area in Burrillville. Access to the area is marked and is located north of Route 44 along a gravel roadway. Many of the interior roads are gated to limit vehicle access. Topographic maps for Chepachet, RI; Clayville, RI; East Killingly, CT; and Thompson, CT cover the area.

Habitat

George Washington Management Area covers a total land area of 3489 acres. this area is dominated by forest cover, deciduous forest (2569 acres), and evergreen forest (419 acres) totaling 2988 acres. Wetlands (439 acres), agricultural (3.6 acres), and other lands (94.2 acres) make up the remainder of the property. Two ponds lie within the management area (Peck Pond and Underwood's Pond). The Pulaski Wildlife Marsh covers 10 acres and is a maintained impoundment which creates excellent habitat for waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds and mammals.

Wildlife

Because of the extensive forest habitat at George Washington Management Area, forest game and other forest wildlife dominate the area. Typical game mammals include cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer and furbearers including fox, coyote, and raccoon. Pulaski Marsh provides for a variety of waterfowl, including wood duck which nest here, black duck and mallard. Other wetland dependent birds are abundant within the marsh. Game birds found within the management area include ruffed grouse, wild turkey, and woodcock. Unfragmented forest cover also provides habitat for a wide range of other birds, including forest interior species sensitive to forest fragmentation such as certain neotropic migrants (warblers, thrushes and flycatchers), hawks and owls. Habitats present are also supportive of diverse groups of other non-game wildlife with ample opportunity for observation of these species (amphibians, reptiles and insects) available.


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