Land Acquisition


2013:

Thanks to support from donors, including the Grand Foundation, the local Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Inc. purchased 83 acres of land adjoining the original Audubon Sanctuary!

The purchase of the former miniature horse farm was favorably negotiated with the son of Joyce Seever.  She passed away at the end of 2012 and had been a member and good Friend of Hunt Hill for several years.  This purchase:

  • protects the original Hunt Hill property from encroaching development
  • contributes cleaner water run-off into the Long Lake watershed from Pepper Creek
  • protects habitat for wild creatures
  • provides a possible future site for a new nature and visitor’s welcome center at Hunt Hill with better public visibility

Since the purchase, the property has been cleaned up, the old barn was stabilized, trees were planted along Pepper Creek to restore a buffer zone, a trail system is being developed and a new steel roof was put on the garage.  The Friends are currently identifying options for the site’s future use.

Aerial photo of 83 acre Seever property (inside yellow line), formerly known as the “Miniature Horse Farm,” being acquired by the Friends of Hunt Hill. It is located across Audubon Road, just south of Hunt Hill Prairie, with a portion fronting on County M (on right side of photo). The farm field in the center of the photo has served as Prairie Fling parking the last two years. Pepper Creek flows out of Hunt Hill into Long Lake along the east, or right-hand, side of the Seever property.

Aerial photo of 83 acre Seever property (inside yellow line), formerly known as the “Miniature Horse Farm,” being acquired by the Friends of Hunt Hill. It is located across Audubon Road, just south of Hunt Hill Prairie, with a portion fronting on County M (on right side of photo). The farm field in the center of the photo has served as Prairie Fling parking. Pepper Creek flows out of Hunt Hill’s Twin Lakes and into Long Lake along the east, or right-hand, side of the Seever property.

2015:

The Friends of Hunt Hill, in partnership with the National Audubon Society, closed on an additional 25 acres of land south of Hunt Hill Road. Work began on the purchase of the property in 2014. The new land is an addition to the original Hunt Hill property and owned by National Audubon Society. Currently there are no trails on the property.

25 acre parcel acquired in 2015 by National Audubon Society for Hunt Hill

25 acre parcel acquired in 2015 by National Audubon Society for Hunt Hill