Signs Point To Protection of Wildlife

By Mary Ann Greier
LISBON, MA — Area landowners interested in habitat protection don’t have to wear their love of wildlife on their sleeves — they can post signs on their properties.

The Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation recently launched the Wildlife Santuary Sign Program aimed at helping landowners protect wildlife on their properties. The yellow signs with black type note that the area where the sign is posted is protected by law as a wildlife sanctuary and registered with the Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation, which is a non-profit entity.

“The wildlife sanctuary signs are more effective than the traditional no trespassing signs,” LBCLF Watershed Coordinator Lisa Butch explained. “We’re hoping to have people put them at different important spots on their land, such as entrances to the property or where they’re highly visible,” she said.

The signs cost $10 each, but property owners who have already agreed to take part have ordered more than one. Besides giving the message that they don’t want people trespassing on their land to hunt without permission, landowners using the signs can let people know that they’re interested in protecting the habitat and finding ways to enhance it.

Butch noted that participation in the program doesn’t give the land foundation any control over the property. If people are willing to post the signs, though, she said hopefully they’ll be willing to work with the land foundation to find the best way possible to manage the land.

The wildlife sign program was modeled after a similar project adopted by the Brooks Bird Club in Wheeling, WV. The late Nevada Laitsch, who lived in East Liverpool, was a member of the bird club and taught others in the area about birds with trips in the field. She was also a member of the Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation and passed on her knowledge of nature to others.

“This is something we’re kind of doing in memory of her,” Butch said.

Founded in 1993, the land foundation boasts the motto “Preservation and protection for future generations,” which can be accomplished through conservation easements, land acquisition and citizen education. –Salem News