State purchases conservation areas in So. Eastern Mass

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Written by Michael Norton

The Department of Conservation and Recreation on June 26 acquired vast parcels of “ecologically significant” land in Lakeville and Freetown that will serve as wildlife habitat and places for the public to visit and explore. The Baker administration announced the acquisition of 690 acres of land on Tuesday.

The parcels include the highest point in Lakeville, a 240-foot peak, and will become part of the Freetown State Forest and the 15,000-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, a conservation area in Fall River, Freetown, Dartmouth and Lakeville. The Town of Lakeville sold a 613-acre parcel to DCR for $760,000 and DCR purchased a 77-acre parcel from the Rezendes Family Partnership for $99,000.