We are committed to conserving our Public Conservation Areas, but that doesn’t mean that they will never change. At the Hand Hollow Conservation Area, the pond by the farm house near the Country Route 9 entrance has disappeared. Update: the pond has reappeared (10/15/2012). Built in the 1950’s, the human-made concrete dam is no longer functioning and the water has drained.
It’s now a lovely mud flat with a stream. Freshwater mussels dot the pond basin and small fish can be seen in the remaining pools. The shore line is dotted with native plants including spotted joe-pye weed, milkweed, and goldenrod. An American bittern, a member of the heron family, was recently seen foraging the upper edge of the mud flat (see video below).
The Hand Hollow Conservation Area still has several water features including Meizinger Lake, streams, marshland, and a string of small beaver ponds.
The dam was on the property when CLC acquired it. We are currently researching the options of repairing it.