Slavic Wildlife and Wilderness Sanctuary

Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
300 acres
Fee Ownership; Active ProjectRosalind and Fred Slavic

Rosalind and Fred Slavic had an enduring love for each other and for wild forests. For more than fifty years, the Slavics cared for 300 acres of beautiful, old forest in southern New Hampshire. As they approached the ends of their lives, Rosalind and Fred wanted to make sure their land was protected in perpetuity. They asked the Northeast Wilderness Trust to help them conserve a “Wildlife and Wilderness Sanctuary.” We are thrilled to do so.

The Slavics plan to donate the land to the Wilderness Trust so that we can establish the Slavic Wilderness and Wildlife Sanctuary. Adjacent to New Hampshire’s Rhododendron State Park, the protected area will provide enduring benefits—beauty, quiet, solitude—to the people of New Hampshire and the nation. We are working to raise over $100,000 for this project, including the cost of the long-term stewardship of the sanctuary. Helping the Slavics leave this living legacy is an enormous privilege.

Located in Fitzwilliam, NH, the property has streams, waterfalls, wetlands, beaver ponds, old stone walls, and beautiful ledges with stunning views to the east. Few live trees have been cut on the land since the Slavics took ownership (essentially only those needed to clear the precise footprints of the modest buildings constructed on the property). Towering oaks, maples, beeches, yellow birches, hemlocks, and pines are abundant wherever one goes.

The property is bounded on two sides by Rhododendron State Park. A third side is adjoined by permanently conserved forestland. A lightly used town road forms the fourth side of the largely rectangular parcel, and a public hiking trail crosses the northwest corner of the property.

The Slavics lived simply on this land from the 1960s, when they left a successful publishing business in New York City for the “good life,” until 2013. Fred and Rosalind cherished this place and lived there comfortably and independently until they were in their nineties. The Wilderness Trust is now working to ensure the land will be perpetually cared for in the manner they wish, and to raise the funds needed to cover the costs of removing the buildings, restoring the site to natural conditions, and paying for the transaction and long-term stewardship.

Please let us know if you would like more information or would like to contribute to this project. Doing so will enable you to join Rosalind and Fred Slavic in making this extraordinary gift to wild nature and future generations.

UPDATE: Fred Slavic passed away on October 6, 2013.  Read his obituary. Rosalind is doing well and living in Keene, NH.

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