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Sebastopol, California

10 Acres | January 17, 2003
Adolph J. and Yolanda Wood, donors
Conservation Easement

Adolph J. and Yolanda Wood donated a conservation easement on their nearly 10-acre property, despite the extraordinarily high economic value of the land for future residential development. Foregoing profit, they opted instead to make an enduring contribution to area wildlife by establishing their property as a wildlife haven.

The land is roughly 90 percent meadow, providing for the needs of deer, raccoons, opossums, hares, brush rabbits, gray foxes, coyotes, skunks, weasels, and bats. More than 50 species of birds also make their homes in the trees and other vegetation that grace the gently rolling hills.

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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