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Chaska, Minnesota

60 Acres | December 27, 2007
Betty Huntington
Conservation Easement

The Huntington Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2007 with the donation of a conservation easement by Betty Huntington to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. This conservation easement, like every conservation easement accepted by the Wildlife Land Trust, prohibits all forms of commercial or recreational hunting and trapping of any wildlife on the property. There will be no further development on the property and no destructive logging practices.

The level land and gently rolling terrain of the property are ideal for development. But these 60 acres are now forever preserved for the wild animals who call it home. The 60-acre parcel includes wet meadows and ponds so vital to wildlife habitat. There is an area of hardwood woodland with dense saplings and more hardwood also borders the creek, a tributary of Chaska Creek.

Located in an intensive agricultural area southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the natural habitat and open space provided by the Huntington Wildlife Sanctuary offers rare regional refuge for songbirds, wetland species, and other native animals and plants. Deer, raccoons, foxes, opossums, wild turkeys, eagles, pheasants, owls and even an occasional coyote all raise their young here.

This conservation easement will also contribute to improved water quality in the nearby Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge by reducing the rate of runoff into Chaska Creek, which crosses through the sanctuary and drains into the Refuge.

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.

Cougar Close-up

The cougar once roamed all of North America, human persecution has now almost completely eradicated this predator.

 

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