Whether you’re a bison, a Western box turtle, a burrowing owl or any other wild creature of the prairie, a refuge belonging to the Southern Plains Land Trust is an awesome place to be. Why? One of the newest members of the Humane Stewardship Alliance, the Southern Plains Land Trust manages a growing network of permanent shortgrass prairie preserves, covering more than 32,000 acres in southeastern Colorado. Here, the Alliance’s wildlife-friendly stewardship practices prevail, ensuring safe homes for wildlife.
The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is proud to count this forward-thinking and highly effective land trust among Humane Stewardship Alliance members. Founded in 1998 to preserve and restore North America’s grasslands and native wildlife, the SPLT has always prohibited wildlife killing on its preserves, making them a natural ally in our efforts to demonstrate and share the benefits of following humane stewardship principles. Their prairie wildlife refuges support not only bison—the U.S. national mammal—but pronghorn, mule deer, elk, prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, swift foxes and many birds, amphibians, reptiles and other creatures.
In following the humane stewardship principles for membership in the Humane Stewardship Alliance, land trusts and private landowners are making a lifesaving difference for wildlife. They’re also helping keep ecosystems intact—the best way to preserve their health and diversity—and that helps us all.
- Cary Smith