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Ownership & management

Many people and organizations share in stewardship of this valued resource. Land around and under the pond is owned by a dozen or so individuals, organizations and trusts:

Farrar Pond owners and abutters, per Lincoln GIS

including these [list trusts, link to trust documents]:

A great part of the surrounding land is protected by conservation easements

Conservation land around Farrar Pond per Lincoln GIS

and the pond and much of the surrounding lowlands (most notably the Great meadows National Wildlife Refuge, brochure here) are subject to various wetlands and related environmental regulations. For a deeper view of the map above, please visit the Lincoln GIS site at http://www.caigisonline.com/LincolnMA/Default.aspx. Open the “Map Layers” pull-down menu, and tick the boxes for LincolnMA public, Topography and Conservation Land. Then move the slider marked LincolnMA public.

Trail maintenance, signage, conservation enforcement and remediation, pond health monitoring and management of invasive species in the water and ashore are all handled by volunteers on both ad-hoc and programmatic bases. Likewise long-term planning; click here for current summary. The Farrar Pond Association, comprising abutters and meeting regularly, coordinates the above activities and more, in communication with various other private and governmental entities that have relevant interests and/or statutory authority. Funding for Pond-related activities is by donation—your contribution welcome!—and is kindly managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.