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    Darien, Georgia

    10 Acres | September 7, 2004
    Donald and Doris Cohrs
    Conservation Easement

    All forms of wildlife, particularly birds, have always been a passion for Doris Cohrs.  In 1978 she and her late husband Donald helped found the Jekyll Island Bird Banding Station where they served as volunteers for 25 fall migrations.

    Ms. Cohrs still conducts a small bird banding operation for songbirds on her own property. She shares this land with raccoons, deer, gray squirrels, a wide variety of birds and numerous species of coastal plain reptiles and amphibians.

    The Cohrs shared a strong believe in wildlife’s right to a safe place to live, as all creatures have an essential role in nature. This commitment to birds of the southeast and other wildlife led them to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

    In 2005 the Cohrs donated a conservation easement on 10 acres of their property near Darien, Georgia, to permanently protect it from the pressures of development and other human disturbances to wildlife in the area. Their conservation easement, like every conservation easement accepted by HSWLT, prohibits all forms of commercial or recreational hunting and trapping of any wildlife on the property.

    The Cohrs Wildlife Sanctuary is primarily hardwood bottomland forest with areas of wetlands. Before the conservation easement was in place, parts of the property and the surrounding area were burned in an uncontrolled forest fire. Regeneration from the fire is progressing but may require a relatively extended period of time because conditions favor dense low growing shrubs and grasses, which compete successfully against tree seedlings.

    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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