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Delaware & Lehigh - Capturing A New Perspective

Learning and Listening

Two individuals observing the Peace Pole – the central feature of the Indigenous People’s Medicine Wheel Garden. In eight different languages the pole proclaims, “Let Peace Prevail on Earth.”  Taken by Charles Stonewall.

I’m Charles Stonewall, Trails & Conservation Associate with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. As one of the newest team members at DLNHC, I am responsible for providing support to staff and programs in the Trails & Conservation Department, including Trail Towns, Trail Patrol, Trail Tenders & Adopt-A-Section volunteer programs, Get Your Tail on the Trail, Lehigh Valley Greenways, Visually Speaking, Trail Construction and Data-Driven Sustainability. 

It’s an exciting place to be, especially as Spring is just around the corner and the opportunities arise for further public engagements and giving tours along the D&L Trail from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol. It’s a lot to learn, but working with a great team, taking in Nature, and understanding the importance of Conservation and Trails is priceless. 

A woman singing a Native American song that she learned while living in the south.

Another thing is that by working here, I have the opportunity to learn more about my ancestors, the Lenape. As well as the sacred history of Indigenous ceremonial landscapes in the Middle Atlantic region and the challenges of identifying and protecting these landscapes. These topics are very dear to my heart, and as a visual artist, I want to know as much as I can in capturing imagery that sheds light on such an important topic. 

Just as important is listening to the opinions of various residents and participating in D&L Trail & Conservation Board Committee meetings. It’s a new career for me and one in which I can further contribute from my previous skills.

Written by Charles Stonewall, DLNHC Trails & Conservation Associate

Charles is responsible for providing support to staff and programs in the Trails & Conservation Department. He joined the DLNHC team in January of 2023.