The landing strip at the summit of the property.
The windsock can be seen near the center of the image.
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Text by Lorah Hopkins.
Wilhelm protected over 300 acres with a conservation easement held by the Berks Conservancy.
This is the largest privately owned protected tract in the Oley Hills.
Anne and Wilhelm often travel in this airplane which uses less fuel than a small car.
Hats off to Wilhelm Roscher!
Wilhelm was born and raised on the family homestead. They lived in a large house. As he grew, his ties to his homeland remained strong. Wilhelm joined the United States Air Force. He flew for his career.
"I always wanted to come back to the homestead. Every chance I'd get, I'd come home."
In the rocky Oley Hills, falling trees lift rocks.
After his Mother and Father died, Wilhelm used his life's savings to buy back properties left to his relatives.
Two neighbors bought and protected his older sister's share.
"My Father was a world renowned artist," Wilhelm related. "He was the only non-Catholic artist invited to paint a portraits of two Popes, Benedict XV and Pius XI. He also painted Queen Wilhelmina of Holland and the official portrait of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt."
"He bought the Oley Hills property in the 1920's. Pop worked in his studio. He bought land around to be farmed. All his life he worked building the old farmstead."
The land is woods and farmland. It is home to the Oysterville Creek headwaters.
Wilhelm enrolled in the CREP program to create habitat for pheasant and quail.
Wilhelm acknowledged that he gave up lots of money to protect the land. Although it was financially, a big burden, he said he has no regrets.
It means a lot to him not to see all the building, houses and development going in. Relatives would have chopped it all up.
Tucker with wagging tail.
"We are stewards of this planet. We are not doing a good job. Those who do protect...my hat's off to them for doing a good job!"
He named the Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association, Phoebe Hopkins and the Morning Family as his conservation heroes.
Wilhelm advises others to think about conserving property. It sometimes takes guts to preserve land, but after it is preserved you are thankful and glad.
Wilhelm is certain that his father would absolutely approve of his preserving the homestead.
His dog Tucker wagged his tail. He approves too.