LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve is a completely volunteer-run facility dedicated to offering therapeutic outdoor programs for wounded veterans with all levels of disabilities.
MISSION: Provide a friendly handicap-accessible camp environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, LEEK believes in encouraging our wounded heroes to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current physical limitations.
PURPOSE: LEEK believes in providing a safe and friendly environment where wounded U.S. service members can assist each other through the healing process, both mentally and physically. We offer recreational opportunities specifically geared to each wounded veterans’ needs and abilities.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: LEEK Preserve, founded by the Fisher Family, purchased land in scenic Potter County, Pa. specifically to establish LEEK, a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization, which offers guided hunts, fishing outings and outdoor experiences for wounded veterans.
LEEK’s title refers to preserving space for veterans (and their families).
LEEK is not a hunting preserve and is a full free-range hunting facility with wild animals in their natural environments.
LEEK is a non-profit in their 11th season and has nearly 400 acres with additional access to 32K acres to host veteran hunts. The property and outdoor activities are completely run by volunteers.
LEEK is currently in Phase 1 of a 3-Phase program to build Dunham Hall; lodging and conference
Since many of the participants in LEEK’s program come to the Preserve directly from medical facilities throughout the U.S. where they have been recovering from serious injuries, the program is designed to provide a therapeutic outdoor experience as the wounded veteran’s introduction back into an accepting and appreciative society. Outdoor recreational activities are widely recognized as beneficial in the recovery process. Further, family involvement is also widely acknowledged as a critical element in successful recovery from serious injury.
The experiences at LEEK are an enormous undertaking that require thousands of volunteer hours each year, all provided by the Fisher family and a large network of volunteers, including the gracious communities of Northern Pennsylvania and Western New York.
The volunteers of LEEK, which include dozens of war veterans, believe in giving back to our disabled warriors, to ensure they feel appreciated and honored for their service and sacrifice.
The Fisher’s credit the Preserve’s success to their father, who was a dedicated volunteer and mentor. The Fisher’s remain closely involved in the day-to-day operations at LEEK and hold the mission close to their hearts, having seen firsthand the challenges their own father faced as an amputee.