Hansens Pond, Mansfield
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Hansens Pond is a 43.6 acre water body located in Mansfield, CT. The shoreline is primarily forested and there is no public boating access. The shallow nature of the pond combined with a mucky bottom provides favorable conditions for aquatic plant growth.
Our 2014 IAPP survey found the invasive species Myriophyllum heterophyllum and Trapa natans and ten native species in the pond. Myriophyllum heterophyllum occurred in small patches around the edge of the pond while Trapa natans occurred only on the western shore. The most dominant native plants were Nuphar variegata and Nymphaea odorata which sprawled throughout the entire water body and covered the northern portion of the pond. There were three pondweeds present mainly in the eastern cove of the pond; Potamogeton amplifolius,Potamogeton epihydrus and Potamogeton pusillus. Other native species found throughout the pond were Brasenia schreberi, Sparganium species and Utricularia macrorhiza.
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