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    Jacksonville, Vermont

    160 Acres | March 26, 2007
    June Butler, donor
    Conservation Easement

    At the southern edge of Vermont’s majestic Green Mountains, June Butler created a permanent wildlife sanctuary characterized by steep wooded slopes and open meadowland in the valley bottom. The East Branch of the North River runs through this historic farm, which also features wetlands and an old beaver pond—classic habitat for songbirds, frogs, moose, and other New England wildlife.

    June Butler passed away in 2013 leaving this permanent legacy for wildlife.  Because she worked with HSWLT directly before her death, her wishes were clearly understood and imploemented before her death.

    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.

    Loon Close-up

    Common loons are not all that common. Many states list them as either "threatened" or a "species of special concern."


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