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    McArthur, California

    400 Acres | December 27, 2006
    Ken and Mary Able, donors
    Conservation Easement

    Ken and Mary Able looked long and hard for the perfect place to retire: a wide open landscape where they could do their part to permanently protect the habitat of animals large and small. The Ables found their dream on rangeland in the Fall River Valley of northern California, on a 400-acre mix of woodlands, rocky outcrops, grassy meadows, and ponds and streams.

    In 2006 they signed a conservation easement with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, establishing this property as the Able Wildlife Sanctuary. This conservation easement, as all easements accepted by the Wildlife Land Trust, permanently prohibits recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, destructive logging practices and further development of the property.

    The Able Wildlife Sanctuary is home to more than 130 species of birds, from golden and bald eagles to sandhill cranes and woodpeckers, as well as antelopes, mule deer, coyotes, marmots, gray foxes, and river otters. Cougars and bobcats live in the rocky outcrops, and untold numbers of amphibians and reptiles occupy the areas around the ponds and streams.

    Because the property is bordered on three sides by land under permanent protection by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the placement of the HSWLT easement on it created an even larger, more connected habitat area. Creating these larger areas is vital to wildlife who need broader territories to maintain healthy populations.

    Although this sanctuary remains privately owned, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust has an obligation to perform periodic inspections to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition and that the terms of the conservation easements are being met.  These inspections, and the handling of any destruction or violations, cost heavily in professional staff time, consultants, and travel expenses. In addition HSWLT needs a reserve of funds for the substantial legal fees needed if enforcement of violations involves court action.

    HSWLT has promised to protect this property as sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

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