Federal Grant to Help Protect Allens Pond on Buzzards Bay

A $1 million federal grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program will protect more than 200 acres of scenic coastal forests, wetlands, and working farmland bordering Allens Pond in Dartmouth, MA.

The funding will go toward the purchase of the 120-acre Ocean View Farm, which lies on the shores of Allens Pond and Buzzards Bay. The waterfront farm is one of the last large parcels of undeveloped land in the SouthCoast area, and one of the most significant coastal habitats in southern New England, according to the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

The BBC is working in partnership with the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) to save Ocean View Farm and 2 other parcels of land: the tree-filled shoreline of the Powel family’s 58 acres, and 39 acres of sustainable farmland at Round the Bend Farm.

Last fall, Dartmouth residents voted to contribute $600,000 in Community Preservation Act funding to save 60 acres of Ocean View Farm. The state also provided a $400,000 grant, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the project nearly $2 million. With the $1 million in funding from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, combined with private fundraising, the project has raised a total of $8.5 million toward the total $9 million price tag.