Wallace "Wally" O'Dowd, a conservationist from Powell, has left a bequest to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife for the purpose of wildlife conservation and propagation and habitat management.

His contribution to the division is the single largest donation in its history.

The division plans to buy 5,000 acres, which will be known as the Wallace H. O'Dowd Wildlife Area. Dowd's will stipulates that the land be a continguous black in southeastern Ohio and be open to hunting, fishing and trapping.

"Wallace was a tremendous sportsman who hunted all over the globe but always came back to southeastern Ohio to hunt grouse and woodcock," said Jill O'Dowd, Wallace's widow, in a statement. "He was a very generous man who wanted to leave a legacy for all those who shared his passion and love for the sport."