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    Silt, Colorado

    3 Acres | December 28, 1999
    Hank and Jane Ash, donors
    Conservation Easement

    Sometimes a small island of sanctuary land can be the only haven for wildlife in a rapidly developing area. This is the case with the Ash Wildlife Sanctuary in Silt, Colorado, a three-acre property surrounded by residential and agricultural development. The sanctuary sits on one of the highest points in the area.

    Back in 1999, Hank and Jane Ash donated a conservation easement on their property to protect it from future development and to forever prohibit commercial and recreational hunting and trapping of the wildlife who share this space. Although it is not a large property, it provides an invaluable space for native vegetation, including pinon, juniper, sage, and other natural cover. In some sections, the junipers and rabbit bush are quite mature and provide shade and cover for bedding wildlife.

    Mule deer visit the property seasonally, and fox, rabbits, ground squirrels, dove and many other bird species make their year-round homes on it. Mule deer are known to also seek sanctuary here when it is their time to die, which speaks highly to the inherent qualities and peacefulness of the property and of those people who live near it.

    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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