2019-02-09 / Front Page

LEEK Preserve: outdoor therapy can be the best medicine


Foot traffic has been steady at the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve booth, part of the Great American Outdoor Show that continues through Sunday in Harrisburg. LEEK enters its 12th year of caring for wounded military veterans and raising awareness of their needs. Foot traffic has been steady at the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve booth, part of the Great American Outdoor Show that continues through Sunday in Harrisburg. LEEK enters its 12th year of caring for wounded military veterans and raising awareness of their needs. County’s LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve closes out another appearance at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg this weekend. Thousands of attendees have learned more about a special charity that is regularly drawing national attention.

By extension, that generates greater awareness of the plight of wounded and disabled military veterans.

LEEK, located near the town of Oswayo, provides an outdoor retreat for veterans and their families by using hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation as a means of rehabilitation.

After retiring from 27 years of military service, Ed Fisher and family founded and funded LEEK to help veterans and thank them for their service.

“It’s a place where warriors, injured and wounded, can come to heal,” said Fisher. “I always tell people these men and women are healing in the best hospitals in the world – and, bar none, we have the best – but you also have to heal spiritually.”

LEEK’s current goal is to raise $100,000 to support the expansion of Dunham Hall, which provides lodging and meeting rooms for veterans and their families.

Buoyed largely by support and a corps of volunteers from the local community, Fisher said LEEK has been hosting roughly six hunts per season for 11 years now, serving approximately 250 veterans along the way.

More information on LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve is available online at leekpreserve.org.

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