165 Acres | December 18, 2003
Dr. Donna Walker, donor
To ensure that encroaching development would not reach her 165-acre property in western Tennessee, Donna-Jean Walker, M.D., contacted us. Her mostly wooded property includes a pond with a small island and a waterfall, which attract a wide range of creatures.
Great blue herons, wild turkeys, and hawks are evident during the daylight hours. At dusk one might see deer, and later in the evening, raccoons, opossums, and red foxes come out. The area’s continuing growth as a manufacturing and trucking center has spurred development, so Dr. Walker is relieved to have the land now permanently protected as habitat. She is comforted, as well, to have ensured protection for the animals against disturbance from those who kill wildlife for sport and those who thoughtlessly destroy habitat with four-wheel-drive vehicles.
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.