Ell Pond

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Ell Pond
Ell Pond-Rhode Island kettle hole.jpeg
Ell Pond in Rhode Island.
Map showing the location of Ell Pond
Map showing the location of Ell Pond
Map of Rhode Island
Location Hopkinton, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°30′19″N 71°46′58″W / 41.50533°N 71.78291°W / 41.50533; -71.78291Coordinates: 41°30′19″N 71°46′58″W / 41.50533°N 71.78291°W / 41.50533; -71.78291
Area 50 acres (20 ha)
Established 1972
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/rhodeisland/placesweprotect/ell-pond-preserve.xml
Designated: 1974

Ell Pond is a kettle hole in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island. It is surrounded by a swamp of red maple and Atlantic white cypress, and by steep granitic monadnocks. The small area contains communities of both hydrophytic and xeric plants, which makes it ideal for ecological research and education. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in May 1974.[1] In 1972, the Nature Conservancy purchased 50 acres (20 ha) including the pond to extend 218 acres (88 ha) of protected land owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the 1,002 acres (405 ha) of Rockville Wildlife Management Area owned by the state.[2] The preserve is jointly managed by all three entities. There are hiking trails in the preserve, but Ell pond is specifically not reachable due to its fragile environment.

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