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Lake George, New York

28 Acres | October 14, 1998
Roberta and Ted Barilli, donors
Owned in Title

Roberta and Ted Barili purchased a 28-acre property near Lake George, New York, to build on. But when their plans changed, they contacted the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. After many conversations, the result was a permanently protected property called the Barili Wildlife Sanctuary.

As with all lands owned by HSWLT, this sanctuary will remain undeveloped and there will be no destructive logging there. All commercial and recreational hunting and trapping are also prohibited.

The Barili Wildlife Sanctuary is relatively flat, forested land with some ledge and sandy loam, giving way to typical Adirondack wetland. White-tailed deer abound here. Many kinds of birds live here and more use it as a waypoint on their migration. And the wetlands are vital habitat to many animals including beavers.

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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