Information on The Friends of Howland Preserve & The North Branch Land Trust
The Friends of Howland Preserve, Inc Official non-profit Founding Date: 3/31/2016 Volunteer Group Founded: 4/2013 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. It is run by a board of volunteers who support, assist, and promote the vision and activities of the North Branch Land Trust (NBLT) on the Howland Preserve, a property that lies five miles west of Tunkhannock, PA.
The Friends of Howland Preserve consist of motivated people who understand the value and benefit of the Howland Preserve and share a common vision for preserving, maintaining, enhancing, and making the historic and spectacular 669-acre tract accessible to the public. The Howland Preserve along with the 281-acre Camp Lackawanna which is protected with an NBLT conservation easement create an almost 1000-acre contiguous tract of green space on the Vosburg Neck. The Vosburg Neck, located in Wyoming County, is one of the largest oxbows of the Susquehanna River and is said by many to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the river.
Wyoming County is the only county in Pennsylvania without a state or county park and FoHP has long envisioned providing the passive recreational feel of a state park for public enjoyment. The lure of historical landmarks including remnants of the old North Branch Canal system, an old railroad bed, miles of immigrant built stone walls, an all but forgotten old township road running through the center of the property, a cemetery dating to the late 1700s, and three historic structures, combined with all the outdoor activities and environmental qualities one could hope for, you can envisage the draw for potential visitors to this preserve. Connecting the local community to this public green space while promoting the mission of NBLT has been the primary hope and focus of FoHP. The contents of this document detail FoHP’s plan and vision to support and advance NBLT while providing access to amazing community green space.
The Howland Preserve - Since 2006
At the end of Ernest E. Howland’s life, he faced a decision about the future of Riverside Farm on the Vosburg Neck, just north of Tunkhannock, Wyoming County. Mr. Howland returned to the farm from Manhattan to take care of his failing mother, and then chose to stay on the property after his mother’s death out of a sense of responsibility to his parents’ legacy. His parents purchased Riverside Farm in 1941.
Mr. Howland chose to leave his estate, including Riverside Farm, to North Branch Land Trust. Our mission, reputation, and record of accomplishment must have appealed to him. Mr. Howland’s and his parents’ legacy is now our responsibility. On June 10, 2006, North Branch Land Trust announced that the 669-acre property would be known as the Howland Preserve. Its features include almost two miles of riparian forest along the Susquehanna River, mature conifer plantations, and mixed forests.
North Branch Land Trust and its Howland Preserve Committee continue to develop the working plan for the 669-acre property. There is currently a riverside parking area, non-motorized boat launch, picnic area at the river and hiking trails. The Preserve is located adjacent to the conserved Camp Lackawanna property. North Branch Land Trust will be forever grateful to Ernest E. Howland for his foresight, and generosity. The Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset.
Property Owners: The North Branch Land Trust Founding Date: 2/1/1994 Original Name: Back Mountain Regional Land Trust Name Changed to North Branch Land Trust on 6/5/2000 Mission Statement …The North Branch Land Trust works in partnership with landowners and their communities to conserve the natural, working, and scenic landscapes in Northeastern Pennsylvania that sustain us…. Preamble North Branch Land Trust is a private non-profit land conservation organization focused on helping landowners conserve their property and helping communities develop smart growth strategies for the benefit of their citizens. Primarily, the Land Trust accomplishes its mission by accepting donations of development or subdivision rights on land, through a legal agreement called a conservation easement. Less frequently, the Land Trust will seek financial resources to purchase development rights on land. The Land Trust is also the receptacle for gifts of land or other real property. North Branch Land Trust relies almost exclusively on membership donations, gifts and grants to accomplish its mission.