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    Moro Plantation, Maine

    495 Acres | April 5, 2005
    Elsa Gibson, donor
    Owned in Title

    The Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the most northern section of Maine, Aroostook County.  In 2001 Elsa Gibson purchased nearly 500 acres of wilderness expressly to provide habitat for wildlife. She wanted this land, formerly owned by a local paper company, to be not only open space but also a true safe haven for the animals who lived there. Keeping this land free from hunting, trapping and development was a key factor in her decision to seek permanent protection for the land and wildlife through the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

    In 2005 she donated the land to the Wildlife Land Trust. Her foresight and generosity has ensured that the animals who lived there will have homes for generations to come.

    The wooded and rocky landscape includes a lake and caves, at least one of which is actively used as a bear den. The property has cedar and spruce trees as well as a variety of deciduous trees including red and striped maple and numerous beech trees. The beechnuts are a major food source for the area’s black bear population. Moose, deer, coyotes, and foxes are also known to share the land.

    Given the desirability of lakefront property, permanent protection through a land trust is the only thing that could provide a certain future for the untamed landscape, and HSWLT is the only national land trust that commits to prohibiting recreational and commercial hunting and trapping of the wildlife who call this land home.

    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.

    Black bears Close-up

    Many assume that bears are exclusively meat eaters while, in fact, plant foods make up the bulk of their diet.


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