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Weare, New Hampshire

14 Acres | April 15, 1995
John Ciampi, donor
Conservation Easement

John Ciampi donated a conservation easement on his 14-acre New Hampshire property in 1999. Like all conservation easements accepted by the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, this agreement permanently prohibits recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, destructive logging practices and limits development to the tightly defined residential zone.

The Ciampi Wildlife Sanctuary features hills with rocky out-croppings.  The terrain provides a mix of hardwood forest and open meadows that accommodate a great variety of wildlife. There are both a marshy pond and a stream nearby supplying the water so vital to good habitat. Adjacent forests enhance the potential for the property to harbor wildlife species that need large expanses of land.

Moose, bobcat, fisher, black bear, coyote and white-tailed deer all thrive on the Ciampi Wildlife Sanctuary. Other known residents include long-tailed weasel, woodchuck, striped skunk, Virginia opossum, ruffed-grouse, wild turkey and eastern chipmunk. A myriad of songbirds nest here along with owls and wood ducks and many more pass through on their annual migrations.

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

America's "little leopard" tends to shun developed areas, but does make occasional forays into yards.

 

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