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    Turkey Creek, North Carolina

    34 Acres | February 1, 2007
    The Nature Conservancy, donor
    Owned in Title

    Formerly owned by The Nature Conservancy, the title to the Brantley Wildlife Sanctuary was transferred to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust in 2007. Under the protection of the Wildlife Land Trust, this 34-acre property in Turkey Creek, North Carolina, will not only remain undeveloped, but recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited there.

    The Brantley Wildlife Sanctuary includes portions of the Turkey Creek floodplain and wide meadows of wild flowers.  Of particular interest is least trillium, a species recognized as endangered in North Carolina.  This small white-flowered trillium grows well in the floodplain and this patch is the largest known in North Carolina.

    The land supports a myriad of wildlife including white-tailed deer, eastern cottontails and gray squirrels. Occasionally a black bear or two have been seen passing through the sanctuary.  And many birds, including red-tailed hawks, ravens, turkey vultures, crows, robins and mourning doves, nest here or come through on their migratory routes. The sanctuary teems with life in undisturbed habitat.

    The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary.  That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever.  In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition.  These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.

    HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a 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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