Protecting a Barry County Jewel
George and Doris Leonard Shadeland Conservation Easement Completed
Protecting a Barry County JewelGeorge and Doris Leonard Shadeland Conservation Easement Completed
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy recently completed our 103rd conservation easement – protecting 116.7 acres in Barry County – thanks to the generosity of George (Bud) and Doris Leonard.
With 3,500 feet of frontage on two beautiful lakes – Wall and Mud/Jones Lakes – the George and Doris Leonard Shadeland Conservation Easement perfectly expresses everything that makes Barry County a one-of-a-kind jewel. The gorgeous, rolling property is forested with a diverse mix of tree species, acres of shimmering shallow wetlands, golden farm fields, an island in Mud Lake covered with ancient oak trees – and even a tamarack bog!
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy has worked with the Leonards since the late 1990s and completion of the conservation easement represents a real dream come true for the couple, who have both passed on. Bud and Doris were deeply connected to the natural character of their land and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hiking the property – as well as flying their airplane from it.
The Leonards’ land has already supported a lifetime of adventure, and Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy is proud to see this legacy through to fruition so that future generations of owners will enjoy the same opportunities.
By placing a conservation easement on their private property, the Leonards have ensured that their land will be protected forever, so that future generations can love it as they did.
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Photos by Hilary Hunt.