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Woodbury, New Jersey

8 Acres | August 5, 2007
Florence Ullrich
Conservation Easement

Almost eight decades after her father purchased this tranquil wooded property in southwestern New Jersey, Florence Ullrich granted its wild inhabitants permanent protection. This is the first Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust sanctuary to be established in the Garden State, where wildlife faces intensive pressure from human development.  Now and forever, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping are prohibited, as they are on all properties covered by HSWLT conservation easements.

This sanctuary is within three miles of the Delaware River, and is hemmed in by residential development on three sides.  The forest canopy of predominantly white oak, red maple, and tulip poplar, partially shades an understory of viburnum, American holly and sweet gum.  Resident birds include white-throated sparrow, Carolina wren, tufted titmouse, northern cardinal, black-capped chickadee, American goldfinch, house finch, American robin, and red-bellied woodpecker.

Florence Ullrich died in 2013.  This sanctuary is part of her legacy, a true safe haven for wildlife.

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.

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