Vosburg Road, off Route 6, Tunkhannock
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 sun set.