The Narrative of the Land A Triangle Land Conservancy Hike Explores the Power of Place Posted on November 3, 2014 by UPLLC

Justin Robinson_Horton Grove Nature PreserveUnique Places’ Forest Ecologist, Justin Robinson, and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and Triangle Land Conservancy hosted an event last week called The Narrative of the Land. The workshop included a hike that explored the power of place and how the stories we tell about places can make people feel a sense of belonging or make people feel like outsiders. The workshop will be led by Dr. Carolyn Finney of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Justin helped lead a hike at Triangle Land Conservancy’s (TLC) Horton Grove Nature Preserve as part of events around the visit of Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces. Walt Tysinger, TLC’s land steward gave an introduction to the space and some great insights about his work on the preserve. The group walked around the prairie restoration and through the woods and learned about the toothbrush of the woods, the dogwood, milkweed and monarchs, and the impact of invasive species on our landscape. Michelle Lanier, Director of the African American Heritage Commission, as well the staff of Historic Stagville, gave a tour of the slave dwellings that are located just off the property. It was a day of history and discovery for all involved.

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