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Ephratah, New York

45 Acres | December 19, 2001
Erman Roman, donor
Owned in Title

The Roman Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2001 when the property was donated to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust by Ernan Roman.  Mr. Roman had received the property from his parents and he approached HSWLT because he wanted to assure that it would forever remain in its natural state.  In addition to protecting the land from development and destructive logging practices, HSWLT protects the wildlife there by forever prohibiting recreational and commercial hunting and trapping.


Located in Ephratah, New York, the sanctuary comprises 45 acres of lush forests, wetlands habitat and a creek that provides year-round fresh water to the free-roaming animals who call the place home. American beech and sugar maple are the dominant trees with a significant number of eastern hemlock filling the terrain. The combination of trees and other foliage make this an attractive wintering area for white-tailed deer. 

In addition to providing homes for many bird and duck species, the sanctuary is also home to deer, fish, turtles, and various frog species. The many creatures seeking refuge here from hunting on surrounding properties will also benefit from the land's designation as a permanent sanctuary.

The HSWLT 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.

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