This month we explore Greenport Conservation Area along the Access for All Trail! There are several exciting projects you may notice on your walk. Greenport is located at 319 Joslen Blvd., Greenport. Please note that Joslen Boulevard is a narrow and winding street, and the parking lot fills up quickly during busy times. If the lot is full, consider continuing up the street to Greenport Town Park and parking there, or coming back at another time — do not park along the side of the road.
Once you’ve switched off the ignition, take a moment and pause to reflect on the Indigenous stewards of this land. Public Conservation Areas are located on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. This land is near the homelands of other Indigenous peoples and First Nations, including the Schaghticoke First Nations. Indigenous peoples continue efforts to reclaim and steward the land today.*
Before you leave the lot, we recommend texting 518-525-3252 with the phrase “greenportmap” to get a copy of the trail map. On this walk, we’ll start at the main parking lot and take the Access for All Trail to the gazebo overlooking the Hudson River. The walk is 1.5 miles each way, and level. The Access for All Trail is suitable for people who use wheelchairs, are pushing strollers, or have mobility disabilities.
We’ll explore two projects on our wander today: a new pollinator planting and an art installation. You’ll first see the pollinator plantings about 1/3 of a mile into the site, on the right side of the trail. These new plants, installed by dedicated volunteers, will feed the birds, bees, and butterflies that call Greenport Conservation Area home. For their safety, please do not move the fencing to view them. Visit clctrust.org/events to learn more about pollinator-themed programs at Greenport.
Further into the site (about TK), you’ll notice something standing in the field. This is artist David McIntyre’s Step Into Stillness. To explore the piece, follow the trail mowed through the pathway off of the Access for All trail. David’s hope is that spending time with this artwork will encourage you to re-examine your relationship with nature. Step into Stillness will be on display through TK. CLC encourages you to visit multiple times throughout the year while it is on display, and reconsider how your relationship with the artwork and nature has changed.
The end of our wander is the gazebo overlooking the Hudson River. Have a seat. Take a deep breath. Enjoy the view of the Catskills. Then wander back.
I’d love to hear about your wanderings. Email email@example.com or share your photos on social media – CLC is on Instagram @clctrust, and each Public Conservation Area has its own Facebook page.
A note on directions: Greenport Conservation Area’s address may show up as Daisy Hill Road in your GPS. This parking lot is no longer open to the public.
The pollinator planting was supported with a grant from the Xerces Society, program partners Pinelands Nursery and Supply, and funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
* Land acknowledgment language provided in part by the Stockbridge Munsee Cultural Affairs Department