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At Léoncel in the Drome, this area was, a year ago, a private hunting enclosure. Today it is a reserve protected by Aspas (the Association for the Protection of Wild Animals). Madeline Rubin’s association bought the premises and imposed a rule: no more human intervention on the site.
This was made possible by an online prize pool that raised € 2.35 million. 20,000 private donors participated, but this takeover also arouses the opposition of some local farmers. Valéry Vassal, organic dairy farmer is not fading, because an agreement with the former owner of the estate allowed him to mow the meadows and ensure his fodder reserves. It’s now over: “They come and dictate their law, criticizes Valéry Vassal. What I fear is that they continue to buy plots and agricultural land. For a farmer, losing land means no longer being able to produce quality (…) especially in mountain breeding. “