DATE: Saturday, July 30th 2022 (Rain date: Sunday, July 31st, same time)
TIME: 4:30pm-7:30 pm
LOCATION: KLT-protected land in Wilbur, temporarily known as Red Fox Ravine for the fox friend we have seen several times there. RSVP to get exact location and arrival instructions (will be emailed the week of the event). Due to parking limitations, this event is RSVP only.
DETAILS: Join us for a gathering and stewardship event in this dramatic canyon-like environment in the Wilbur area of Kingston, temporarily named Red Fox Ravine for the resident fox that we’ve been delighted to see. Quiet time with the sounds of nature will be interspersed with the raw acoustic twang of globe-hopping Wilbur resident Morgan O’Kane (click here to hear his music). Attune your senses to the ecology of this resilient land and enjoy the cooler air and acoustic resonance provided by the rock on all sides. There will be opportunities to engage in some hands-on stewardship work toward achieving greater plant diversity, but just being on the land and maybe picking wineberries is great too! At the end, we’ll gather (around a small fire) and share food and drink, reflecting on this magical space and the possibilities it offers. The KLT will provide gloves, water and some food--attendants are invited to bring snacks to share, acoustic instruments that can easily be carried up a somewhat rough sloping trail, and any kind of gift offerings for the land.
Living Land Acknowledgement: The Kingston Land Trust acknowledges that we occupy and hold title to land that was violently taken from the original stewards: Lenape (Esopus) peoples. As a land trust, we consider land a sacred and collective heritage, and we find our purpose in the protection, access, and stewardship of that heritage. To do so in alignment with our commitment to justice requires us to confront the truths of Indigenous land dispossession, displacement, and attempted genocide and erasure. We acknowledge that these grave injustices continue and are the reasons why we as non-Native peoples can exist here today. Therefore, the Kingston Land Trust understands that justice for, and solidarity with, Esopus and Lenape peoples must be central to our organization’s purpose and work.
Note on accessibility: Note that this land is not currently open to the public, except for KLT events. In partnership with Northeastern Caves Conservancy and volunteers like you, we are working to ensure the KLT-protected land on Wilbur Ave is a safe and accessible ecological and recreational refuge. The trail to the ravine is a rough hiking trail along a slope. While we feel comfortable leading volunteers up this trail, please be advised that more work must be done to ensure its long-term safety and accessibility and only attend this event if you are comfortable walking in this kind of terrain.