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    Avon, Maine

    58 Acres | January 12, 2006
    Pamela Sturt
    Conservation Easement

    Strong ties to the land and a love of nature are why Pamela Sturt and her mother Dene decided to donate a conservation easement on their 58 acres in western Maine to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust in early 2006. The mixed woodlands provide habitat for porcupines, snowshoe hares, black bears, bobcats, beavers, and red squirrels, as well as a colorful array of songbirds, woodpeckers, toads, and frogs. Two streams course through the woods, one of which boasts 10-foot falls.

    The property was purchased by Dene and her late husband Richard in the 1970s as a family camping retreat. Over the years, the Sturts rejected many offers to buy the land for logging and hunting, deciding instead to protect the place where so many family memories took root and that so many animals call home.

    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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