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High Hampton, North Carolina

9 Acres | December 20, 2006
The Nature Conservancy, donor
Owned in Title

The Nature Conservancy transferred the title of the Sanson Wildlife Sanctuary, a 9-acre property near High Hampton, North Carolina, to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust in 2007. Under the protection of the Wildlife Land Trust, not only will the property remained undeveloped, but recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited.

The Sanson Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique temperate rainforest micro-climate with moderate slopes. Although the site is within an area of development, it encompasses the head-point of a tributary of the Nantahala drainage system and the woods remain undisturbed, with no structures or roadways on the property. A small stream provides wildlife with a vital water supply year around. Hardwoods such as oak, hickory, and hemlock cover the land with underbrush shrubbery including mountain laurel, orchids and rhododendron.

Families of white-tailed deer as well as eastern cottontails and gray squirrels call this sanctuary home. The occasional black bear passes through the property.  And many birds, including red-tailed hawks, ravens, turkey vultures, crows, robins and mourning doves, nest here or come through on their migratory routes. The sanctuary teems with life in undisturbed habitat.

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.

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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