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    Swanzey, New Hampshire

    130 Acres | February 7, 1996
    Owned in Title

    In 1996, Barbara Birdsey donated this 130-acre property to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust to establish a permanent wildlife sanctuary. As a founding member, Ms. Birdsey was among the first to donate sanctuary property, and currently serves on the HSWLT’s Board of Directors.

    When her friend and colleague Dr. John F. Kullberg died in 2003, Ms. Birdsey asked that the property she donated in Swanzey, New Hampshire, be dedicated to his memory. The Kullberg Memorial Sanctuary will forever provide safe haven for wildlife, a place where they will never be pushed out for development, and where commercial and recreational hunting and trapping will always be prohibited.

    Dr. John F. Kullberg served as the first executive director of WLT from 1993 until 2003. Under Dr. Kullberg’s leadership, WLT established permanent protection for 70 properties, comprising more than 60,000 acres, in 21 states and agreements for properties in four foreign countries.

    John Kullberg’s long and celebrated career in animal protection made him one of the true leaders and visionaries in this movement. He dedicated not just his professional career but indeed his life to protecting animals and inspiring others to do the same,” said Paul G. Irwin, who was HSUS President and CEO at the time of the dedication.

    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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