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    Crown City, Ohio

    167 Acres | March 14, 2001
    Nancy Howell-Koehler
    Conservation Easement

    The Howell-Koehler Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2001 to be a permanent safe haven for wildlife who called it home for many generations. Like all sanctuaries owned by the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, this property will never see further development, and destructive logging as well as recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited.

    Surrounded on three sides by 11,000 acres of protected state forests and by private farmland on the fourth side, Nancy Howell Koehler's 167-acre property is graced by steep hillsides, deep ravines, and meadows filled with blackberry vines. In the hardwood forests covering the hillsides, American black bears have an expansive sanctuary in which to roam and safely raise their young.

    Wild turkeys also find safe haven, and white-tailed deer come into the meadows at dawn and dusk to feed among many species of birds and butterflies. Squirrels, chipmunks, and other small mammals flourish, too, feeding on berries and making their homes in and among the branches and roots of mature trees. A spring high up in the hills feeds a stream that wends its way throughout the property, ensuring a continuous supply of clean water for wildlife, and low limestone caves provide important habitat for bats.

    Having been in Ms. Koehler's family for several generations, this property holds special meaning to her. She fended off numerous offers from those who would have stripped the land of its capacity to nurture wildlife. Wishing to ensure its permanent protection as a wildlife sanctuary, she donated title to the property to HSWLT.

    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.

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