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    Haddam, Connecticut

    399 Acres | December 16, 1998
    Jim Gilkinson
    Conservation Easement

    Jim Gilkinson, a California resident, entered into a conservation easement to protect his 400-acre property in Haddam, Connecticut, creating a permanent sanctuary for the wildlife who make it their home. The hilly forestland, running streams and two lakes provide everything the animals need to thrive and raise their young. This sanctuary is home to deer, beaver, muskrat, coyotes, raccoons, otter, skunks, woodchucks, opossums, osprey, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, wild turkey and many, many songbirds.

    "Each and every one of us are only temporary stewards of land, and we need to give back something of significant value for its use. I am proud to have given this easement so that no one can ever develop this treasure," said Mr. Gilkenson.

    Mr. Gilkinson passed away in September 2008, but the legacy of his land will go on forever as a sanctuary for wildlife.

    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.

    Beaver Close-up

    Though beavers are cousins to mice and squirrels, they are North America's largest rodents, weighing 50 or more pounds.


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