LOGOfreshwater-land-trust#13C4C1We are The Freshwater Land Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the acquisition and stewardship of lands that enhance water quality and preserve open space. Since 1996, we have worked to acquire, conserve, and connect lands that are critical for the protection of rivers and streams and that provide recreational opportunities for the community.

We own and manage more than 5,000 acres, making us one of the largest owners of private nature preserves in the state of Alabama. With our many partners, we have helped protect more than 10,000 acres throughout Central Alabama.

The Freshwater Land Trust is based in Birmingham, Alabama and works to preserve the places that matter in Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties. We are nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a mark of distinction that indicates we meet national standards of excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure conservation efforts are permanent. With a dedicated Board of Directors and trained staff, we are well equipped to use our extensive conservation toolbox to assist landowners interested in preserving their land’s conservation values, such as family farms and working forests, scenic views, historical sites, public recreation, and natural habitats for rare plants and animals.


Cahaba Lilly Canoe trip_00010_110611The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is proud of our non-advocacy, busi­nesslike approach to our con­ser­va­ton efforts. We work with gov­ern­ments, cor­po­ra­tions, and pri­vate landown­ers to find win-win solu­tions that pro­tect the land and the inter­ests of the landowner and allow our com­mu­nity to grow economically.

We protect land through a num­ber of dif­fer­ent meth­ods. The most com­mon con­ser­va­tion tools we use are (1) land acqui­si­tion and (2) con­er­va­tion ease­ments. But, some of our most suc­cess­ful projects are secured not through acqui­si­tion or ease­ments, but through part­ner­ships. Red MountainPark, a 1,108-acre (and grow­ing) tract of land that stretches 4.5 miles along Red Mountain in south­west­ern Jef­fer­son County, was created through a ter­rific part­ner­ship of many dif­fer­ent indi­vid­uals and orga­ni­za­tions. Read the excit­ing story of Red Moun­tain Park here.


In 1924, the nation­ally renowned land­scape archi­tec­ture firm of Olm­sted Broth­ers devel­oped a park and nat­ural areas plan for Birm­ing­ham and the sur­round­ing areas. At that time, com­mu­nity lead­ers failed to imple­ment the plan largely due to a lack of ded­i­cated fund­ing for the project. Many of the areas that the Olm­sted Broth­ers rec­om­mended to be pre­served as green space have since been devel­oped. The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is work­ing to bring part of the orig­i­nal Olm­sted Plan back to life and to cre­ate a net­work of con­nected spaces through­out north-central Alabama.


It is our hope that our gen­er­a­tion will be remem­bered as the one who restored our rivers and made land con­ser­va­tion a priority. There are ways you can help .You can donate your time or resources to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust.


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