The History of Salt Pond
Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. is a non-profit privately administered corporation dedicated to conserving the natural resources of The Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
In 1960, Ermine W. Lovell established the Salt Pond Committee of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and became its president. In 1962, this organization was incorporated as a non-profit organization, Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
Ermine tirelessly solicited land owners for donations of ponds and marshlands for preservation and publicly and privately advocated the underground placement of utilities. One of the original conservation properties that Ermine protected is the Salt Pond parcel. This parcel consists of a little over 8 acres of land. Ermine approached the Directors of Falmouth Associates, the owners of the vacant land around Salt Pond. At the time this was the land south of the railroad track and north of Surf Dr. between Elm and Mill Roads. On Aug. 2, 1961 all of this land was offered to Salt Pond and formally received. There is a conservation restriction on this parcel held by Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Ermine Lovell was a strong community leader with a clear vision of the future. The trustees of Salt Pond are dedicated to seeing that her goals for the preservation of open space in Falmouth continue to be their top priority.