The 667 acre Howland Preserve on the Vosburg Neck, Wyoming County has been established to honor Mr. Howland
, celebrate his
life of service and sacrifice, and acknowledge his
remarkable act of philanthropy.
Local people knew Mr. Howland
as a man of diverse interests . . . some simple and some refined.
A good friend of mine fondly remembers the day she
ran into Mr. Howland
at the local Agway.
was there to replenish his
supply of goat feed . . . wearing a large ruby stick pin in the lapel of his
blue sport coat.
was a man of learning and sophistication.
A graduate of New York University, he lived most of his adult life in Manhattan, and his work in corporate America took him around the world.
was a man who cherished his
privacy, loved his
animals, and appreciated the natural beauty and open spaces that are Riverside Farm.
Mr. Howland was the first male to serve on the board of trustees of the Tunkhannock Public Library.
He also served for many years on the board of the Tyler Memorial Hospital.
volunteer interests also included Everhart Museum
Service was part of the fabric of Ernest Howland
Sacrifice was also part of Mr. Howland's
left Manhattan and moved to Riverside Farm when his
mother became ill, sacrificing his
own interests to care for her
This sacrifice and service both sprang from a sense of responsibility.
When Mr. Howland
realized that his
life was nearing its end three years ago, he
faced difficult decisions about his
You see, it was Mr. Howland's
parents who purchased Riverside Farm in 1941, but he
understood that its future was his
responsibility as well.
chose to leave his
property to the North Branch Land Trust
legacy is now our responsibility.
This is the organization Mr. Howland
chose for his
The purpose, mission and record of accomplishment of North Branch
must have appealed to Mr. Howland's
To recognize Mr. Howland
parent's remarkable contribution for the public good, the Board of Directors has decided to call this magnificent 692-acre property the Howland Preserve.
As Mr. Howland
wished, this property will be preserved forever.
As responsible stewards of the land Land Trust intends to develop a plan for public uses of the Howland Preserve.
The Howland Preserve is only part of the Vosburg Neck and North Branch
working to help conserve a more extensive natural area here for future generations to enjoy.
For example, the Land Trust
recently conserved the 288 acre Camp Lackawanna adjacent to Howland