Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve

Kingston, MA
305 acres
Fee Ownership; Completed Project

Muddy Pond, the 48.6-acre Coastal Plain Pond for which Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve is named. Photo by Harry White.

The Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve includes an outstanding 48.6-acre Coastal Plain Pond and its associated Shore habitat, over two-dozen vernal pools, and numerous rare plant and animal species. It abuts the Kingston State Forest and Nick’s Rock Road Preserve, resulting in a significant protected forest block for this densely populated part of the state. The pond on the property is known locally as Muddy Pond, and called Lake Providence by the Sisters of Divine Providence, from whom the property was purchased.  This project was made possible by a generous donation from Kingston-based L. Knife & Son, one of several wholesale beer distributorships owned by the Sheehan family.

Located in the globally rare Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens, the Muddy Pond Preserve contains both upland forest and many smaller ponds, bogs, and wetland depressions that provide important habitat for amphibians, birds, many dragonfly and damselfly species, and several species of mammals.

“Conservation of the Muddy Pond Property benefits the local community by preserving the unique Pine Barrens and Coastal Plain Pond environment. This stunning ecosystem is now protected forever,” said Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director.  “It is critical to preserve open spaces of this size in Southeastern Massachusetts as they are increasingly rare,” Leibowitz added.

This is Northeast Wilderness Trust’s first land acquisition in Massachusetts, and we are excited to continue to expanding our work in the ‘North Atlantic Coast’ eco-region.

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