The Montour Township property was donated to the County by the Estate of Vera Grove Rishel:
Vera Grove Rishel passed away in 2009. Her wish to preserve her land in the way “the Indians would have inhabited the lands,” was a two-step process. The Estate first donated a conservation easement to the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, and then donated title to the property to the County.
Vera Grove Rishel studied in London and spent time in Europe, but her heart was always in central Pennsylvania. She and her husband lived most of their lives here and enjoyed living near the Susquehanna River and watching the landscape change with the seasons.
“Vera would be thrilled to know Columbia County owns the property and will be keeping it in its natural state. She enjoyed the property’s history especially knowing Native American Indians used to travel the banks of the Susquehanna,” said Executor Andrew Pruden.
Read the full story from PA Environment Digest here.