Closed to the public, the Grassy Pond Preserve is one of the very important coastal plain ponds of Cape Cod. Coastal plain ponds are rare freshwater wetland communities that harbor a high concentration of globally endangered plant species. The survival of these plants is dependent upon the ponds’ quality, quantity, and fluctuation patterns.
5.4-acre conservation restriction
What to See: Plants
Coastal plain pondshore plants include the rare Plymouth gentian
What to See: Animals
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Grassy Pond was protected because of its valuable coastal plain pondshore plant community.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
In 1997, Dorothy Bell has donated a conservation restriction on Grassy and Clay ponds in Dennis, which will permanently prevent development on 1,000 feet of shore habitat. That effort and another unusual land swap completed a five-year protection effort for the entire shoreline of the pond. The Conservancy has been doing hydrologic monitoring and supporting a study on pitch pine invasion of pondshores.