Come see our new offices at 2308 First Avenue North (the former Fix-Play Building) in downtown Birmingham tonight on Thursday, February 24th from 5 — 7pm. Light refreshments will be served. Come see us!
Show your support for Our One Mile and come out to our first “Our One Mile Tuesday!” Join us in Pinson this Tuesday morning, March 1st at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve as we walk with Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders to show our support for Our One Mile! Good Day Alabama’s Jeh Jeh Pruitt will be there to walk with us and feature Our One Mile live on the show. Continue reading
The Jerome K. Lanning Preserve in Vestavia is a beautiful wooded park along the Cahaba River. The Freshwater Land Trust purchased this property years ago to protect this stretch of river and the land alongside it. Join us for a family-friendly hike on Saturday, March 12th at 10am. Continue reading
I had the honor of working with some great folks on the very first acquisition by Forever Wild which was a gift of bald eagle habitat at Lake Guntersville State Park. It was fitting that the first acquisition was a donation because it set the tone for the future of the program. Forever Wild has been a model for conservation because it has maximized its resources to the fullest extent possible by leveraging the money as match for federal dollars and through public-private partnerships.
I believe the greatest thing about Forever Wild is that it gives private landowners more options for their land.… they can sell their land while simultaneously insuring that the land they love will be preserved. They can make a gift of the land for the tax incentives, or they can choose to keep it and not sell for conservation purposes because Forever Wild only works with willing sellers.
When a program like Forever Wild has been around for so long, many people take for granted the places it has helped protect. But I recall what it was like before Forever Wild, when there was no funding to preserve the places that matter to us as Alabamians and when we watched millions in federal funding go to other states because we had no local match. Turkey Creek, the Walls of Jericho, and the tens of thousands of acres of public hunting land would not be available for the public to enjoy without Forever Wild. And you can believe that I don’t want to go back to the old days before Forever Wild, because there wasn’t much enjoyment in watching Alabama lag further and further behind our Southeastern counterparts when it came to land conservation. It was even less fun to watch as our special places were being lost forever, even when the landowners were willing to preserve them, simply because we had no money to buy them.
With Forever Wild buying land for almost twenty years, Alabama still ranks dead last in the Southeast when it comes to public conservation lands.… but Forever Wild gives us hope.… hope that one day we won’t be last and hope that many more of the places that matter will remain forever wild.
The Freshwater Land Trust will be moving to the former Fix-Play building at 2308 1st Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. The move will take place on February 12th, and the Land Trust will be open for business in the new offices effective Tuesday, February 15th.
Our new address and telephone number will be (effective 2/13/11):
2308 First Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35203. Telephone: (205) 417‑2777 and fax (877) 571‑9810.
You are invited to our Open House on Thursday, February 24th from 5-7pm. Come see us!