As we consider the theme of “courage” in October, we recognize that organizing is often a kind of courage.

green circle with stylized tree and the words Save Button HookWe will be sharing our collections in October with the Friends of Buttonhook, a project to save a forest area in Chappaqua, New York.  The Buttonhook forest includes Native American ceremonial stone landscapes, is a part of a “carbon sink” that’s helping to fight climate change, and is on a ridge that feeds two watershed systems.

The school district, which currently owns the land, has been trying to sell to commercial residential development, which would mean clearing 676 trees, blasting bedrock, and construction runoff that could impact the connected watersheds.

Friends of Buttonhook is raising funds to purchase the land and protect it from future destruction.  The Board of the Society has voted unanimously to endorse this project.

Please be generous as we make our collective voice heard and help make possible the saving of this precious land, via a concrete contribution.  Because we are not always and all of us meeting in person, you can contribute online or send a check to the RYSEC office.

Please mark your check or online donation “Sunday Sharing,” to be sure it’s split between our sharing partner and support for the programs of the Society. Checks may be mailed to: RYSEC, 4450 Fieldston Road, Riverdale, NY 10471.

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