Land Trust Staff

The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, a 501©(3) non­profit orga­ni­za­tion, has six full-time employ­ees and is gov­erned by a 15-member board of directors.

Wendy Jack­son
Exec­u­tive Director

Red Moun­tain Park, Turkey Creek Nature Pre­serve, the Rotary Trail.

Many of you have prob­a­bly vis­ited these places, but one thing they all have in com­mon is that they are prod­ucts of part­ner­ships and ini­tia­tives that Wendy Jack­son, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, has played a key role in estab­lish­ing.  There is no one bet­ter at bring­ing diverse orga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple together bet­ter than Wendy—she sim­ply makes it happen.

Wendy Jack­son has more than 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the field of real estate with most of those years spent in con­ser­va­tion. Since join­ing the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust in 2001, Wendy’s pas­sion for river and land con­ser­va­tion has fueled her work to estab­lish mean­ing­ful projects such as the Turkey Creek Nature Pre­serve, the Five Mile Creek Green­ways project, and Red Moun­tain Park. Wendy has also played a vital role in spear­head­ing the plan for the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem which has been an inte­gral part of down­town Birmingham’s revitalization.

Wendy has been rec­og­nized across the state for her busi­nesslike approach to con­ser­va­tion and her unique abil­ity to bring diverse part­ners together for the ben­e­fit of con­ser­va­tion. Dur­ing her tenure as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, the Land Trust has helped to pro­tect more than 10,000 acres of land in north-central Alabama. In 2013, Wendy was named Friend of Plan­ning by the Amer­i­can Plan­ning Asso­ci­a­tion for her efforts to coor­di­nate the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem. These are just a few exam­ples of the large impact Wendy has made and con­tin­ues to make on our com­mu­nity and on the environment.

Bryding AdamsBry­d­ing Adams
Direc­tor of Philanthropy

Bry­d­ing Adams has become well known in the local phil­an­thropic com­mu­nity through three decades of non­profit lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence. She served as cura­tor of dec­o­ra­tive arts at the Birm­ing­ham Museum of Art, devel­op­ment direc­tor at the YWCA of Birm­ing­ham and exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Alabama School of Fine Arts Foun­da­tion, where she was respon­si­ble for the plan­ning and suc­cess­ful fund­ing of the Dorothy Jemi­son Day The­atre. Adams earned a master’s in history-museum stud­ies from the State Uni­ver­sity of New York.

As a Birm­ing­ham native, hiker, gar­dener and bird­watcher, Adams per­son­ally con­nects with the trust’s mis­sion to pre­serve the out­door spaces that make a dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of life here.

“At this point in my life, I am solely con­cerned with mak­ing my con­tri­bu­tion to some­thing larger than myself that will last forever.”

Rebekah ParkerRebekah Parker
Direc­tor of Conservation

Rebekah is from Huntsville and had the bless­ing of grow­ing up sur­rounded by nature on Monte Sano Moun­tain. She attended Birmingham-Southern Col­lege and received a B.A. in urban envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies in 2009. After com­plet­ing her under­grad­u­ate degree, Rebekah con­tin­ued her edu­ca­tion and received a M.S. in geog­ra­phy with a con­cen­tra­tion in phys­i­cal geog­ra­phy from the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama. Rebekah brings a wealth of field and research expe­ri­ence from her time at Birmingham-Southern and Uni­ver­sity of Alabama. Rebekah enjoys spend­ing her free time relax­ing and play­ing Fris­bee with her  choco­late lab, June. 

StanStan Palla
Red Rock Trail Direc­tor

Stan Palla, an avid cyclist, pad­dler and hiker, has had a suc­cess­ful career in the pub­lic, pri­vate and non-profit sec­tors. His love for urban spaces, the out­doors and qual­ity of life have guided his career and prin­ci­pal belief to leave every­thing bet­ter than he found it.

His work has caused the plant­ing of over two mil­lion trees in the City of Hous­ton and, he also immensely improved Ruffner’s pro­gram­ming and grounds. His love for cycling led him to be the Direc­tor for the Alabama Bicy­cle Coali­tion, in which he effec­tively passed 3-foot pass­ing law in Alabama to pro­tect cyclists on the road. On top of all that, his cre­ation and man­age­ment of the urban for­est in Birm­ing­ham became a national award win­ning program. 

Stan’s pas­sion for Birm­ing­ham and improv­ing pub­lic spaces was too grand for him to pass up the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Posi­tion. He sees this as an oppor­tu­nity to leave a last­ing legacy for Birm­ing­ham, Jef­fer­son County and the well being of it citizens.

MemorieMem­o­rie Eng­lish
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Coor­di­na­tor & Devel­op­ment Assistant

Mem­o­rie is orig­i­nally from Wood­stock, GA, but received a B.A. in pub­lic rela­tions from the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama in 2013. Her enthu­si­asm for pub­lic rela­tions and strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions is matched with a pas­sion for land con­ser­va­tion. Mem­o­rie has enjoyed the out­doors her whole life, hav­ing grown up on the banks of her family’s cabin along the Toc­coa River in Blue Ridge, GA, where she loves to fly-fish. Mem­o­rie looks for­ward to mak­ing a last­ing impact on Alabama and con­tribut­ing to her com­mu­nity. In her spare time, Mem­o­rie enjoys watch­ing Alabama foot­ball and spend­ing time with her Golden Retriever Macken­zie and 120-pound Ger­man Shep­herd Gunther.

Zac NapierZac Napier
Land Stew­ard

Zac grew up in Birm­ing­ham in the Syl­van Springs com­mu­nity. From an early age, he enjoyed being out­side and explor­ing the woods around his house where he gained a par­tic­u­lar affin­ity for sala­man­ders, snap­ping tur­tles, and snakes.  Zac attended Birmingham-Southern Col­lege to pur­sue an under­grad­u­ate degree in biol­ogy with an urban envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies minor. Since com­ing to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust in 2011, Zac has devel­oped incred­i­ble pho­tog­ra­phy skills which he uses to cap­ture our beau­ti­ful prop­er­ties and the unique wildlife and plants that depend on it. Recently, one of Zac’s pho­tographs was fea­tured in the book Uncom­mon Beauty: The Beauty of Com­mon Organ­isms by Kurt E. John­son and W. Mike How­ell. In his spare time, Zac enjoys doing what he does for work – hik­ing and pho­tograph­ing beau­ti­ful spots in Alabama.

June ParkerJune Parker
Moti­va­tional Coach and Mascot

June has been a part of the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust since 2011. Begin­ning at just two-years old, she enthu­si­as­ti­cally explored Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust’s many prop­er­ties and could be found on as many stew­ard­ship out­ings and vol­un­teer events that she could get her paws on. June is as pas­sion­ate about explor­ing trails in the woods as she is about swim­ming after her toy duck. Even though she is our youngest team mem­ber, June moti­vates every­one at the Land Trust with her ever wag­ging tail and puppy-like smile. June really enjoys the occa­sional vis­its to see her cowork­ers and any oppor­tu­nity she has to pitch in at the office. In her spare time, June enjoys sun­ning on the porch, walk­ing on trails, and play­ing Fris­bee with her par­ents, Rebekah and Gar­ret. June encour­ages every­one to get out­side and enjoy every­thing this area has to offer!