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Bar Harbor, Maine

3 Acres | September 23, 2001
Samsara Memorial Trust and Paula Stone
Conservation Easement

The Samsara Wildlife Sanctuary was established by conservation easement in September 2001. This small property – only 3 acres – was extended protection by the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust in part because it borders Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park.

The entire tract appears to have been burned in the 1948 forest fire that engulfed much of the area. Mosses, lichens and liverworts are common on the upper portions of the property where the soil is very thin and there are open ledges. Where the soil is deeper, there is an even age stand of hardwood with a few white pine that appear to have survived the fire or grown up immediately thereafter.

The area supports a wide variety of wildlife, from common bats and squirrels to white-tailed deer and black bears. Safe havens like the Samsara Wildlife Sanctuary protect the vitality of the area. Even with the protections afford by the national park, the bobcat is rarely seen in the area, and the lynx and eastern cougar have been hunted, trapped and driven off by people.

But people can help has well as harm. Peregrine falcons were successfully reintroduced to the area in the 1970s and can be seen today soaring over the sanctuary in search of prey.

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.

Bobcat Close-up

America's "little leopard" tends to shun developed areas, but does make occasional forays into yards.

 

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