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Brownsville, Vermont

24 Acres | May 29, 1997
Richard and Gloria Crocker, donors
Conservation Easement

The Crocker Hill Wildlife Sanctuary was established by conservation easement to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust in 1996. Through their generosity and compassion for animals, Richard and Gloria Crocker have created a permanent safe haven for wildlife in Windsor, Vermont.

The 24-acre landscape is covered with second growth, mixed northern hardwood forest with significant components of white pine, eastern hemlock and yellow birch. There also is a wildflower meadow occupying the southwestern corner of the tract. This is visited by many moths, butterflies, bees and songbirds. Other wildlife seen on the property included a red tailed hawk, chipmunks and woodland birds including ruffed grouse, nuthatch and downy woodpecker. White-tailed deer as well as coyote tracks have been observed in the winter snow.

There is a narrow, fast flowing, rocky brook with small falls, riffles and pools that provides an essential water source for the animals who make their homes there.

A residential zone was set aside at the time of the agreement, including a private seasonal home surrounded by an old apple orchard and a mowed lawn.

The property ownership has since passed to the next generation of the Crocker family, but the conservation easement will always be there, protecting the habitat for years and years 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.

Rabbit Close-up

When Peter Cottontail arrives, do you mark the beginning of spring? Or see a voracious destroyer?

 

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