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Valparaiso, Indiana

15 Acres | November 30, 2005
Renate Caprile, donor
Conservation Easement

Valparaiso, Indiana, located 17 miles SE of Gary, Indiana and 40 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois, is the site of the Caprile Wildlife Sanctuary.  This 15-acre property is a mix of forested and open wetland areas. An artificial pond has been created along the northern boundary and there are extensive areas of brush and open wetlands throughout the property. Forested areas are dominated by mature oak and hickory forests. The surrounding areas are generally agricultural, with subdivisions being developed into communities. Protecting this land for wildlife becomes increasingly important as more of the area becomes residential.

The Caprile Wildlife Sanctuary is now home to raccoons, deer, opossum, coyote, beavers, woodchuck, muskrats, bats, herons, fox, numerous frogs and birds.  These animals have a permanent safe haven to thrive and raise their young 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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