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    Ardmore, South Dakota

    145 Acres | December 7, 1999
    Rita Roller, donor
    Owned in Title

    Rita Roller donated title to her 145-acre property in western South Dakota in 1999. South of the blackhills, its rich, rolling grasslands and natural springs support transient pronghorn antelope populations, a wide variety of birds and the swift fox, a state species of special concern. It is also home to coyotes, deer, buffalo, rattlesnakes and prairie dogs. The property is recovering from years of cattle grazing and, as this new cover thickens, the sanctuary's seasonal water source is becoming more dependable, allowing the diversity of wildlife species living on the land to increase.

    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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