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Westmore, Vermont

61 Acres | August 20, 1997
Marie Jones, donor
Owned in Title

In August 1997, through the generosity of Marie Jones, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust accepted title of this property and created the Jones Wildlife Sanctuary in Westmore, Vermont. Nearly at the Canadian border, this 61-acre New England sanctuary offers safe haven to wildlife in a region that is increasingly fragmented. Bear, deer, moose, fox, and dozens of bird species make their homes here, and now they will always be free to do so.

The sanctuary is located an area commonly called the Northeast Kingdom – three counties in the northeastern corner of the Vermont that make up the most rural, least developed part of the state. The property is entirely in slope, without any level areas, and covered with conifers and both mature and sapling pole stands of nearly pure hardwood with scattered eastern hemlock.

The two distinct communities here and the transition zone between them provide a high quality habitat for wildlife. Red squirrels and chipmunks are well provided for in the hardwood forest. Snowshoe hares would thrive on the upper slopes. Wildlife observed include red squirrel, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, chickadees, nuthatches and ravens. The cliff that is immediately east of the sanctuary may provide nesting for peregrine falcons, now or in the future. Other wildlife that probably use this tract include: porcupines, white tailed deer, white footed mice, red foxes, coyotes, great horned owl, white throated sparrows, juncos, evening grosbeak, thrushes and warblers that prefer closed woods for nesting and feeding.

This is a relatively isolated tract, but development is occurring in the area, particularly vacation homes. The location and topography of the immediate surroundings suggest that this tract can be the center of a relatively undeveloped region for the foreseeable future. This suggests that the larger landscape supports other animals such as moose, black bears, raccoons, otters, fishers and similar larger mammals. They all benefit from the core of undeveloped forest provided by the Jones Wildlife Sanctuary.

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.

Gray Wolf Close-up

Because of much misinformation, the wolf has been persecuted, hunted and killed to the point of near extinction all over the world.


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