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McCall, Idaho

35 Acres | November 17, 2006
Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary
Conservation Easement

It’s no wonder that the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in a canyon among high granite peaks, is a safe haven for animals who are injured and in need of rehabilitation before returning to the wild. The 35-acre Sanctuary is a small slice of the rugged landscape and wildlife diversity that Idaho is famous for—but it’s a vital slice.

“I was motivated to initiate the easement arrangement out of concern for the future of wildlife both here at Snowdon and all around us,” says Linda DeEulis, Snowdon’s founder. “I wanted to know that the land will go on long past me as a place where animals can continue to live safely and find respite when they need it.”

The land lies along the Lake Fork River and is part of a significant drainage area. It’s also a key migration corridor for elk, wolves, bears, wolverines, cougars, and other animals heading to and from the vast Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. In 2006, Snowdon’s Board of Directors decided to place a conservation easement on the property through the Wildlife Land Trust, ensuring that this natural gem will be protected forever.

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.

Prairie Dogs Close-up

Prairie dogs are like a canary in the coal mine. If their population declines and dies, others will soon follow.

 

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