Cranberry bog puchased for wetland restoration

A former cranberry bog on more than 200 acres of privately owned land off Howland Road has been purchased by the Natural Resources Conservation Service through its wetlands restoration program. Bob Morse, general manager of King’s Point Holdings Inc., the Naples, Fla-based property owner, said that $400,000 was paid for the bog and adjoining property. King’s Point Holdings kept 2 acres of land with a barn on it that fronts Howland Road. Morse said he is unsure what the company will do with the property. The more than 200 acres of land will be maintained and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game and used “as protected open space to provide wildlife habitat and for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone for passive outdoor recreation,” said Amy Mahler, , spokeswoman for the state agency. Freetown Planning Technician Lauren Moreau said that having “beautiful open space for people to recreate and relax [in] will be a boon to the quality of life here.”