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Warrenton, Virginia

189 Acres | December 19, 2007
Roger White
Conservation Easement

Located in the western Piedmont Region of Virginia, Roger White’s land is known as Pineapple Mountain. The property has many conservation values, especially for wildlife, and holds historic significance, having reputedly been used in the Civil War by cavalry units of Colonel John Mosby.


In 2007 Roger White donated a conservation easement on his 189-acre property to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.  Creating the White Wildlife Sanctuary, the agreement permanently prohibits recreational and commercial hunting and trapping as well as destructive logging practices and strictly restricts development.

The White Wildlife Sanctuary includes almost 200 acres of deep woods habitat that is critical to large mammals, a variety of reptiles and amphibians, and many birds. The eastern ridge in particular is ideal for eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey, and is part of a significant migration route.  The sanctuary is home to many species of animals including white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox, raccoon and wild turkey.  In addition to the raptors, woodpeckers, great heron and mallards are among the myriad of bird species that use the sanctuary land either as home or during migration.

This large tract of mature forest sits in an area of increasing development pressure where ownership fragmentation is rising. The loss of natural habitat and fragmentation of remaining tracts threatens numerous wildlife species, natural communities and ecosystems. The protection of this property, in an area pressured from all sides by development, is vital to the wildlife who live here and who pass through during migration.

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.

Hawks Close-up

With a hooked beak and talons perfect for catching and tearing meat, the hawk is an efficient hunter capable of great speed and precision.

 

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