Breivogel Ponds Conservation Land
Don’t be put off by the expanse of desert at the Breivogel Ponds conservation area in Hatchville. Heavy use by all-terrain vehicles has prevented the natural re-growth that would generally occur in the old gravel pit, but the perimeter features Shallow Pond, a vernal pool, two man-made ponds and thick woods of tall pines.
Access to these 67 acres is at the entrance to the town's Leaf/Compost Facility on Blacksmith Shop Road (about a mile north of Falmouth High School, on the east side of Blacksmith Shop). Follow the old road that leads to the gravel pit and around the southern edge. At the back, on the east side, are the ponds made by Carl Breivogel, the former owner. He dug the ponds to provide water for the beach grass he grew for sale to nurseries and towns. Large swathes of grass still come up in the sand. Mr. Brievogel stocked the ponds with trout and invited youngsters to fish there. Cat tails and other aquatic plants line the shores.
About a third of the parcel is wooded. A path from the old gravel road on the north side of the ponds leads into the woods. The trail goes to the shore of Shallow Pond and loops back through the woods to the gravel pit.
When the town purchased the property in 2000, funds were set aside to restore the gravel pit. Left alone, growth would eventually come back, but Mr. Breivogel proposed a restoration plan of several different habitats and contributed to the fund. The town and The 300 Committee are now revisiting the project.
Once approved for a 32-home subdivision, the Breivogel conservation area abuts several large tracts of open space: 95 acres of the town stump dump to the south, the 52-acre town waste management facility across Blacksmith Shop Road and two private undeveloped parcels to the east.