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Sanctuary Work Plan

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 1.00.35 PMBetween 1995 and 2002, the Town planned and executed a major restoration of the sanctuary, including improvements in wildlife habitat, plant populations’ management, water quality, visitor paths, and perimeter security. The Commission, the Town Parks & Open Space Division, and the Friends of Hall’s Pond volunteer group, continue to collaborate on seasonal maintenance, additional improvements, and responses to natural and human impacts on the sanctuary. In 2009, they developed this work plan to guide ongoing collaboration, to preserve and protect the sanctuary, and to express a management approach based on respect for wildlife areas as natural habitat.

↓ Download Hall’s Pond Sanctuary Work Plan  (PDF) 
Approved 7-20-10 by Conservation Commission

Basic Principals of Stewardship for Community Volunteers

  • Acknowledge the difference between the sanctuary’s garden-like areas, which exist for the benefit of human visitors, and its natural areas, whose primary purpose is to feed and shelter wildlife.
  • Minimize disturbance of plants, soil and water, especially in natural areas. Despite the best of intentions, cleanup efforts may cause significant damage.
  • Work only on projects and in areas designated by the Commission.
  • Remove or add plants only as directed by the Commission. Non-native invasive plant species require careful management over the long term.