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    Temple, New Hampshire

    69 Acres | December 26, 2006
    Ann Sargent
    Conservation Easement

    In 1958, Ann Sargent fell in love with an old farmhouse and ten acres of surrounding forest and fields. Over time, she bought adjoining land as it became available, always seeking to expand the area around her home where wildlife would be safe and the natural environment would remain untouched.

    At the end of 2006, Ms. Sargent concluded the donation of a conservation easement to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust on nearly 70 acres. The rolling meadows and densely wooded areas are alive with songbirds, deer, moose, coyotes, raccoons, red foxes, and squirrels. A pond and stream provide water and additional habitat for wildlife. Ms. Sargent continues to live on her original lot and enjoy the views and animals around her, which will now have a protected home for generations to come.

    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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