Greenville, New York
25 Acres | January 4, 2012
Owned in Title
At the end of 2011, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust accepted the donation of property in Greenville, New York, thus creating the Ponderosa Wildlife Sanctuary. The 25-acre property, about 30 miles southwest of Albany, will now forever be protected for the wildlife who call it home. As with all property owned by HSWLT, there will be no development or destructive logging practices, and recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited.
The Ponderosa Wildlife Sanctuary contains both natural forests and wetland areas. The woods are primarily northern hardwoods, such as pine, oak and hemlock. The wetlands, which are state regulated freshwater wetlands, occupy approximately 3 acres of the property and are connected to a series of adjacent wetlands. These wetlands hold unparalleled value as wildlife habitat and the perpetuation of scores of species depends on them. There is also a 1-2 acre man-made pond that provides vital water for wildlife.
The Ponderosa Wildlife Sanctuary was once a beloved refuge for a family from Upstate New York. The family spent many weekends at the property and enjoyed camping, tapping maple trees for syrup, observing wildlife and exploring the woods.
The donors, who would like to remain anonymous, made the donation in honor of their late father who bought the land in the 1960s so he could share wilderness experiences with his wife and children. “Our father loved this property and the wildlife that live there. We are thrilled to know that this little bit of paradise is now forever protected as a safe haven for wild animals,” shared one of the donors.
The Ponderosa Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, gray fox, coyote, bobcat, black bear, beaver, fishers, raccoons, squirrels, and variety of birds and amphibians.
The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary. That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever. In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition. These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.
HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a 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.