A Conservation Legacy Honored


December 16, 2020

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John and Barbara Rutherford

The story of the Rutherford Refuge begins with a gift. A gift of about 24 acres of land in rural Warren from a loving husband to his dear wife. John and Barbara Rutherford found an ad in the local newspaper in 1989 for a small tract of land along Clear Creek on East Twin Bridges Road. John, being the good husband that he was, promptly bought the land as a gift for Barbara.

"My parents saw something here," said Darcy Renkens, John and Barbara's daughter. "I think they realized what a gem this area was."

"Mom and Dad had been looking for a little natural area that they could w...

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