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    Cambridge, Ohio

    29 Acres | December 24, 1996
    Ronald and Sandra Lindy
    Conservation Easement

    In December 1996, Ronald and Sandra Lindy donated a conservation easement on their property to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust creating the Lindy Wildlife Sanctuary. This conservation easement, like all easements accepted by HSWLT, permanently prohibits recreational and commercial hunting and trapping as well as further development and destructive logging practices.

    The Lindys were feeling development pressure from all sides as people wanted to move beyond the cities of Columbus, Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. When they contacted HSWLT, they explained that, “the land will be gobbled up by developers or investors.  Also, there is much interest in hunting and trapping in this area, which we want to avoid.”

    The Lindy Wildlife Sanctuary is 29 acres of natural and agricultural communities including livestock pasture, mixed deciduous forest, abandoned fields and pine forest. Ridge tops and valley floors tend to be in agriculture, mid slopes in forest. Most agriculture is hay and pasturage. The Lindy Wildlife Sanctuary is tending toward increased forest cover as some of the areas that were agricultural become forested through secondary succession. The forest is typical central hardwood forest, but also has some sugar maple and white pine.

    A small but vital stream flows through the property, providing water for all the animals who thrive there. The large stand of pine trees provides shelter for numerous white-tailed deer. In addition to the deer, raccoons, opossums, and skunks are known to live on the land.  The trees are filled with many species of birds and the stream inhabitants include a variety of frogs and crayfish.

    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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