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The Pond

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Pond View

Created in 1986, the pond at Highstead was formed by an earthen dam and catch basin that impounds groundwater and is fed by the headwaters of an intermittent stream flowing from the adjacent wooded swamp.  This two and a half acre pond supports aquatic and wetland vegetation along with wildlife communities associated with inland ponds and marshes.

During its construction, the edges of the pond were altered, and restoring this area to a more naturalistic appearance led to various plantings of native trees and shrubs. Collectively these plantings provide a display of flora best suited to moist soils and large open spaces.

To enhance the aesthetics of the pond and promote
diversity of native plants and birds, a Phragmites australis removal and monitoring project was initiated in 2012