Woman donates 108-acre property to conservancy


A new 108-acre nature preserve open to the public is being planned in the region.

The Herald-Palladium reports Elizabeth Leonard Rould recently donated the property in Berrien County's Chikaming Township, south of Benton Harbor, to Chikaming Open Lands.

The land will be named The Edward and Elizabeth Leonard Wildlife Preserve.

It consists of mature woodland, wetlands and agricultural land.

Rould and her late husband, Ed Leonard, lived on the property for more than 30 years.

She said she spent much of her time there walking the woods with her dogs, observing the wildlife.

She said it's "very important to me to know that other people, young and old, will be able to walk through it and really enjoy it just as I did."

The new preserve is near other protected properties.

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