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Los Gatos, California

2.5 Acres | August 10, 2006
Wanda Broadie Alexander, donor
Conservation Easement

One of the guiding principles of the Wildlife Land Trust is that even small tracts of land can make a big difference. That’s a key reason why Wanda Broadie Alexander chose to work with the Trust when she decided in 2006 to put a conservation easement on the 2.5-acre property where she’s lived for 30 years.

Located just south of San Jose, her land is a wildlife oasis in a sea of large residential developments. Bordered by a ravine on one side and a year-round stream on the other, the property draws many animals searching for water and shelter, including deer, coyote, bobcat, opossum and raccoon. It is also a key linkage through developments to protected wildlife habitat areas.

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.

Bobcat Close-Up

Bobcats have long been the target of hunters and trappers. Still, the primary threat to this great cat is the loss of habitat.

 

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