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    Springdale, Wisconsin

    200 Acres | October 20, 2000
    Dr. John Barnes
    Conservation Easement

    The Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary is 200 acres of land in Springdale, Wisconsin. The terrain is quite gentle and rolling, with good drainage and deep soils with few outcrops. Most of the property is formerly tilled land that has been restored to tall grass prairie, native to the area. The remaining land is central hardwood forest dominated by oaks and hickories. There also are a few planted softwood stands – spruce and red pine.

    Three springs form ponds on the property and provide life-sustaining water year-round for the animals who call this place home. More than 130 bird species have been seen at the sanctuary, including chestnut-sided warbler, common yellowthroat, and grasshopper sparrow. White-tailed deer thrive here, along with many varieties of reptiles and amphibians.

    The sanctuary was established in 2000 by the donation of a conservation easement by Dr. John Barnes. He worked with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust to ensure that his property would forever remain a safe haven for the wildlife who call it home. As with all land protected by HSWLT conservation easements, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, as well as destructive logging practices, will always be prohibited.

    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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