The National Audubon Society has sold a 950-acre wildlife sanctuary it was given on the Eastern Shore to former Anne Arundel County executive Robert A. Pascal, who said Friday he plans to raise organic cattle and hay on part of it. Pascal and Audubon both declined to disclose the purchase price, though state assessment records valued the land and six homes there at $8.5 million.
The waterfront estate near Bozman in Talbot County was once a hunting preserve for the DuPont family. It was donated to Audubon 13 years ago by Jean Ellen duPont Shehan to be a nature preserve and outdoor education center. But nearly two years ago, the society, short on funds to maintain the estate and wanting to focus on its other programs and properties, elected to sell it. However, state and local governments declined the society's overtures, citing a lack of funds, and neighboring residents worried that the wildlife-rich tract might be developed or no longer accessible to the public.