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From 13 June 2004 Issue

Do You Have Land To Donate?


WASHINGTON (April 27, 2004) — Eight acres in Hayward, Alameda County, California have been donated as a conservation easement to The Humane Society of the United States’ Wildlife Land Trust for permanent protection as a wildlife sanctuary through a donation from Dr. Ellen G. Levine.

“I donated this conservation easement to The Wildlife Land Trust so that various animals that live on the property and in the area have a place of shelter. This area is rapidly being bought up for construction and I wanted there to be a permanent refuge for animals,” said Dr. Levine. “Some of the wild animals that live in this area include mule deer, opossums, raccoons, foxes and red-tailed hawks. I looked for a land trust as fully committed to the protection of these animals as I am, and eventually found The Wildlife Land Trust.”

A conservation easement is a permanent and legally enforceable agreement between a landowner and a land trust. The landowner agrees to establish the property as a permanent wildlife sanctuary, which is a binding agreement to all future owners of the property as well. In turn, the land trust enforces the terms of the agreement. For The Wildlife Land Trust, these terms always include a ban on recreational or commercial hunting or trapping, and commercial logging.

Citing Dr. Levine’s donation of this conservation easement, Stephen Swartz, general counsel and acting executive director for The Wildlife Land Trust, said, “Our accepting this easement means that it will remain a permanent wildlife sanctuary, safe from the destructive consequences that additional residential development inevitably represents for wildlife. Every property that we protect is directed at one goal: ensuring that wherever they live, wild animals have permanently protected homes.”

Headquartered in Washington, DC, The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust now protects over 63,000 acres on 76 properties in 22 states and four foreign countries. It was founded in 1993 by The Humane Society of the United States in order to save the lives of wild animals by saving as much of the land that shelters and feeds them as possible, wherever possible. For more information, including how existing wildlife habitats can become permanent wildlife sanctuaries and how to become a volunteer sanctuary monitor, The Wildlife Land Trust can be contacted, toll free, at 1-800-729-SAVE or through their web site:

For More Information Contact: Sue Farinato (301) 258-3012

Media Contact: Belinda Mager (301) 258-3071

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