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Holly, Michigan

111 Acres | September 29, 1998
Robert and Anita Ormond
Conservation Easement

The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust and The North Oakland Headwater Land Conservancy jointly protect a 111-acre property in Holly, Michigan, as a permanent wildlife sanctuary. As with all sanctuaries protected by HSWLT through conservation easement, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited on the Ormond Wildlife Sanctuary.

This gently rolling land includes fields, meadow, swamp, wetlands, ponds, and hardwood forest. Among its trees are oak, hickory, cherry, ash, maple, white and red pine, and white spruce. Many wild creatures make this safe haven home including fox, coyotes, raccoons, muskrats, woodchucks, weasels, squirrels, voles, rabbits, mice, bats salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, and snakes, as well as many species of birds, such as herons, hawks, owls, grouse, pheasants and others.

The sanctuary was the gift of a local couple who dedicated their lives to the treatment, caring and support of wildlife in their community. By granting a conservation easement on their property to HSWLT, and deeding the ownership of the land to the NOHLC, the Ormonds have created a partnership that will ensure preservation of the property as a permanent wildlife habitat. The couple retained some property as a “life estate,” an option that enables them to continue to live on their land, while benefiting from the peace of mind that their gift to wildlife brings them.

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.

Living with Bats

Bats are fussy about where they live but you can offer them good homes, away from your attic and rafters.

 

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