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    Sabine River Basin, Texas

    563 Acres | August 2, 2011
    Multiple donors
    Conservation Easement

    In the summer of 2011, the Daisy Wildlife Sanctuary was established with multiple conservation easements donated to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. While these agreements include the landowners’ vision of physically improving the area as wildlife habitat, they contain our usual prohibitions against future development and destructive logging practices. And as with all properties protected by the Wildlife Land Trust through conservation easement, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited on the property.

    The Daisy Wildlife Sanctuary is named for Daisy Morris Rabb. During the 1930s, she and her husband, B.B. Rabb, acquired most of the property that comprises the 564 acre sanctuary. Daisy inspired in her children and in her children’s children a reverence for and deep connection to nature. She was the constant gardener who chatted about the daily habits of birds, about the seasons for flowers, wild and otherwise, and about the myriad critters who shared the land her family called home. The Rabb's influence extended to their neighbors, whose property is also included in the sanctuary.

    The landowners involved with this project have invested years of work in the sanctuary’s wetlands and forested areas. Their goal, says Joel Rabb, is to restore and improve “the habitat to what it once looked like about 150 years ago and preserve it in perpetuity.” Creating this permanent safe haven for wildlife is a major part of their effort to continue to preserve and enhance Granny Daisy’s gift and her legacy.

    The Daisy Wildlife Sanctuary lies within the Sabine River Basin. The property holds mature forest, open pasture and old field habitats. The forested areas are dominated by oak and ash trees with a variety of sedges, rushes and wood oats. A variety of wild grains and grasses cover the open pasture and old field habitats, providing cover and food for the many animals that call this land their home. Natural springs and a healthy creek provide year-round fresh water so important to free-roaming animals and birds.

    Among the wildlife found here are white-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, wild turkeys and beavers. A tremendous variety of birds, from hawks to songbirds to ducks, can be found here as year-round residents and migratory visitors.

    All of this was only possible with the cooperation and commitment of the landowners: Bobbie Jean Areen, Della Ging, Daniel and Beth Northcut, Mary Northcut, the late Clinton Rabb, Joel and Beth Rabb, Robert and Tina Rabb, Suzanne Rabb and the Brushy Creek Wetlands, LLC.

    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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