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    Vallecito, California

    850 Acres | August 2, 2007
    Ordway Living Trust, donor
    Conservation Easement

    Ordway Pocket Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary lies about 75 miles southeast of Sacramento, in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Established in 2007 with the donation of a conservation easement, the sanctuary will always be protected by the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.  As with all properties protected by conservation easement with HSWLT, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, along with destructive logging practices and development, will forever be prohibited.

    With its hot dry summers and cool, wet winters, the Ordway property hosts a broad diversity of habitat types—from open oak savannah and dense chaparral to undisturbed streams and even several caves. Myriad wildlife species are known to frequent the sanctuary, including mountain lions, black bears, bald and golden eagles, rattlesnakes, and red-legged frogs, which are currently listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

    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.

    Hawks Close-up

    With a hooked beak and talons perfect for catching and tearing meat, the hawk is an efficient hunter capable of great speed and precision.


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