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Sedgwick, Maine

143 Acres | July 14, 2001
Richard Salman
Conservation Easement

The Salman Wildlife Sanctuary was established by conservation easement in July 2001.  Richard Salman, who owned the property at that time, worked to protect wildlife from various human-caused dangers for more than thirty years.

Perched on a hilltop of a coastal peninsula, this 143-acre property provides long vistas of rolling hills, while its woods, grasslands, brooks, and streams offer safe sanctuary for an intricate web of wild creatures.

Salman and subsequent owners have enjoyed the sights and sounds of the many birds and animals, particularly the American black bears and their cubs who share the land. White-tailed deer wander amid the fields and forests. Coyotes and foxes roam among the hills, and rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small mammals flourish in the woods and fields. Wild turkeys and quails nest in the tall grasses, and various hawk species and bald eagles nest in the trees.

Many migrating birds stop to rest here on their passages north or south, while some, including arctic snow buntings, stay throughout the winter. The free-roaming animals who live here are now permanently protected on this lush sanctuary.

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.

Black bears Close-up

Many assume that bears are exclusively meat eaters while, in fact, plant foods make up the bulk of their diet.

 

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