Allens Pond protection advances with conservation of 29 acres of coastal forests and wetlands

The Coalition is continuing to lead the effort to conserve the forests, wetlands, and working farmland of Dartmouth’s Allens Pond. This month, another 29 waterfront acres were protected forever – another piece of a larger campaign that will ultimately save nearly 250 acres surrounding one of southern New England’s most significant coastal habitats.

map of Allens Pond protection

This map highlights the amazing conservation successes that continue to unfold on Allens Pond thanks to the support of generous private donors – from 2017’s landmark Ocean View Farm to this month’s conservation of the 29-acre Powel property. The green shaded areas on the map have been permanently protected.

This extraordinary property, owned by J.P. and Betsy Powel, includes salt marshes and rare coastal scrub forests lining the northeast shoreline of Allens Pond. The property was protected with a conservation restriction, which is a voluntary legal agreement that allows private land owners to protect their land from development into the future while still keeping ownership of it.

The conservation of this property is another major win for Allens Pond. From Horseneck Road to Barney’s Joy, visionary land owners and conservation organizations have worked together over decades to protect and preserve the pond’s unspoiled salt marshes, coastal forests, and rugged Buzzards Bay beaches. If you’ve ever explored Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, then you’ve experienced firsthand the benefits of this conservation.

The Coalition is working in close partnership with the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust to complete the conservation of the land surrounding Allens Pond. The most significant part of this campaign was 2017’s landmark protection of neighboring Ocean View Farm, the largest land conservation project ever completed on the coast of Buzzards Bay. The northern portion is now being farmed by partner Round the Bend Farm, while the remaining 60-acre southern portion has opened to the public as DNRT’s Ocean View Farm Reserve, with a trail that leads to a stunning water overlook.

As a result of this land conservation campaign, we are getting close to preserving the entire shoreline of Allens Pond from the threat of development. Thanks to the support of generous private donors, this amazing conservation success is continuing to unfold, guaranteeing that this jewel of Buzzards Bay will be saved forever.

Category: On the Land

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