June 20th, 2014 by

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LandAid 2014

June 20th, 2014 by



The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust Junior Board invites Birm­ing­ham res­i­dents to enjoy good music and local brews while help­ing pre­serve the places that mat­ter in Alabama at LandAid on Fri­day, July 18 at Avon­dale Brew­ing Com­pany. The annual fundraiser will fea­ture the Nashville-based rock group The Wild Feath­ers and Birmingham’s Ocean Liner.


The Wild Feath­ers are a five-member, Nashville based rock band, led by Rick Young, Joel Kind, Tay­lor Burns, Pre­ston Wim­berly and Ben Dumas. They com­bine the styles of tra­di­tional rock, blues, folk and coun­try music and mix vin­tage roots with mod­ern tones. The band was recently fea­tured on Late Night with Seth Mey­ers and VH1’s Morn­ing Buzz.


Nashville-based rock back The Wild Feathers


Ocean Liner of Birmingham

We would like to thank our spon­sors for help­ing make this event hap­pen: Alabama Power, Cigna-HealthSpring, Avon­dale Brew­ing Com­pany, Honda Man­u­fac­tur­ing of Alabama, Levy’s Fine Jew­elry, May­nard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. , Weld for Birm­ing­ham and Birm­ing­ham Moun­tain Radio.

We are very excited about LandAid,” FWLT Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Wendy Jack­son, said. “The fundraiser always cre­ates a huge turnout and raises money for land con­ser­va­tion. It’s a great excuse to party for a good cause.”

Tick­ets are $15 online and $25 at the door. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust and its mis­sion to pre­serve the places that mat­ter. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and Ocean Liner will take the stage at 8 p.m., fol­lowed by The Wild Feathers

Share our event with your friends on Face­book and use #LandAid2014

Join us for good music and local brews for a good cause!

Cahaba Blueway

April 2nd, 2014 by


Help the Cahaba Blue­way part­ners win $25,000 to restore a canoe launch!

VOTE ONLINE APRIL 1–30 and help us restore this Cahaba River treasure!

We are excited that our project has been selected as one of twelve national final­ists for a $25,000 Bridge­stone Rethink Green Con­test prize to improve a com­mu­nity recre­ation site.

Visit the link about to vote for the Cahaba River Access at Grants Mill! Each unique email address is eli­gi­ble to vote once per day.

Thank you City of Iron­dale and Cahaba Blue­way part­ners or help­ing to make this canoe launch a Birm­ing­ham destination.

The Grants Mill canoe launch is part of the Cahaba Blue­way, a unique part­ner­ship with The Nature Con­ser­vancy of Alabama, The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, Alabama Inno­va­tion Engine and the Cahaba River Soci­ety. The Grants Mill canoe launch allows us the oppor­tu­nity to bring more peo­ple to the River and build sup­port for pro­tect­ing the Cahaba.

You can help us build a launch that is use­able and safe by vot­ing through­out the month of April. With fund­ing from the Bridge­stone Rethink Green Con­test and a gen­er­ous match from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Greater Birm­ing­ham, we can restore this beau­ti­ful access to the Cahaba.

Help us spread the word! Share the link below via your social media networks:

We’re hon­ored to par­tic­i­pate in this national con­test, and we thank you for your support.

Stay tuned for results!

Join us for a ribbon cutting!

March 5th, 2014 by


                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust and the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem will host a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony with the City of Birm­ing­ham unveil­ing an exten­sion of the Civil Rights Trail from down­town Birm­ing­ham to include por­tions of the Smith­field, East Thomas and Enon Ridge neigh­bor­hoods. This lat­est seg­ment of the trail is part of the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem and includes new side­walks, bike lanes, edu­ca­tional Civil Rights Move­ment sig­nage, and a one-mile trail along a his­toric street­car line. The cer­e­mony will take place at the Smith­field Library on March 8 at 2pm and will high­light the first com­pleted seg­ment of more than 29 miles of trails to be com­pleted under a fed­eral grant from the Depart­ment of Transportation.


The Civil Rights Trail exten­sion will pro­vide more than four miles of con­nec­tions between down­town Birm­ing­ham and neigh­bor­hoods that played an impor­tant role in the Civil Rights Move­ment. Edu­ca­tional signs line both sides of Cen­ter Street, a main road included in the exten­sion of the trail and an area that once served as the divid­ing line between white and African-American neigh­bor­hoods. 


 “We are excited with the plan and use of green space and walk­ing trails for a num­ber of rea­sons,” Mayor William Bell.  “The walk­ing trails will join neigh­bor­hoods together and cul­ti­vate phys­i­cal activ­ity that will cre­ate health­ier com­mu­ni­ties with designed accom­mo­da­tions and acces­si­bil­ity for both auto­mo­biles, pedes­trian and bicy­cle access.


The civil rights trail con­nects us all while pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion and exer­cise,” City Coun­cilor Mar­cus Lundy.  “This trans­for­ma­tive project rein­forces com­mu­nity pride and makes the neigh­bor­hoods along the trail a land­mark des­ti­na­tion for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors for years to come.”


The Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem is a pro­posed net­work of more than 750 miles of trails, bike lanes and side­walks that will con­nect com­mu­ni­ties through­out Jef­fer­son County in an effort to increase active and healthy living.


In addi­tion to the City of Birm­ing­ham, fun­ders of the project include the Jef­fer­son County Depart­ment of Health (JCDH), Alabama Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Greater Birm­ing­ham, Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, CSX Cor­po­ra­tion, Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foun­da­tion, UAB, Susan Mott Webb Char­i­ta­ble Trust and Alabama Power.

The Jef­fer­son County Depart­ment of Health funded the cre­ation of the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem plan and con­tin­ues to sup­port imple­men­ta­tion in order to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ties with safe, acces­si­ble places to engage in phys­i­cal activity.


This trail rep­re­sents an impor­tant step toward our vision for ‘A Healthy Com­mu­nity of Healthy Peo­ple in a Healthy Envi­ron­ment’ and our goal to make spaces for exer­cise eas­ily acces­si­ble to ALL res­i­dents of Jef­fer­son County,” JCDH Health Offi­cer and Chief Exec­u­tive Mark E. Wil­son, MD. “Trails like this are great places for us all to come together as neigh­bors, and that’s what I hope we will see here.  Once the momen­tum gets going, we will start to see a pos­i­tive return on our invest­ment with mul­ti­ple health and socioe­co­nomic benefits.”


In addi­tion to finan­cially sup­port­ing the cre­ation of the trail, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Greater Birm­ing­ham also helped to coor­di­nate the local fundrais­ing effort.


These trails are a great tes­ta­ment to what can hap­pen when peo­ple come together – com­mu­nity lead­ers, donors, advo­cates, offi­cials, and many more,” CFGB Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer Gus Heard-Hughes.  “The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion is excited to be part of this col­lec­tive progress toward con­nect­ing com­mu­ni­ties through side­walks, bike lanes, and greenways.”


The Fresh­wa­ter Land trust also played a role in extend­ing the pop­u­lar Civil Rights Trail from down­town into nearby neigh­bor­hoods through their efforts involved with the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail System.


The goal of the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem is to con­nect com­mu­ni­ties, while also con­nect­ing peo­ple to the places they want to go,” Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Wendy Jack­son. “This project helps con­nect neigh­bor­hoods to down­town, while also pro­vid­ing side­walks, bike lanes and trails that pro­vide safe con­nec­tions to churches, schools, libraries and parks. Peo­ple want areas where they can safely walk or bike to get to the places they care about, and this project pro­vides these mean­ing­ful connections.”


The pub­lic is invited to run, bike, or walk the new seg­ment of the Civil Rights Trail imme­di­ately after the rib­bon cut­ting ceremony.


Join us on Sat­ur­day as we celebrate!

Red Rock Tuesday-Civil Rights Trail

February 27th, 2014 by

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Red Rock Tues­day with Jeh Jeh Pruitt

You are invited to join us March 4th at the new Civil Rights Trail extension.

Dur­ing our next Red Rock Tues­day seg­ment on Good Day Alabama, we are excited to visit the first phase of the City of Birmingham’s TIGER grant!  With over 29 miles of side­walks, bike lanes, and trails sched­uled to be com­plete within the next year, the exten­sion of the Civil Rights Trail into the Smith­field, East Thomas, and Enon Ridge neigh­bor­hoods is the first com­pleted sec­tion under the grant.  Please join us at East Thomas Park as we cel­e­brate the new trail with the part­ners who made it a real­ity.  


March 4, 2014
6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m. 


East Thomas Park
13th Avenue West

Birm­ing­ham, AL 35204


To get to East Thomas Park from down­town, take Abra­ham Woods Boule­vard (8th Avenue N.) towards Legion Field.   Turn right on to Cen­ter Street and travel over I-20/59.  Turn left on to 12th Avenue West and you will pass Wilk­er­son Mid­dle School.   Turn Right on to 3rd Street West, and the entrance to East Thomas Park will be imme­di­ately on your left, right after the Red Rock Trail­head sign.

We’ll see you there!


Red Rock Tuesday

January 31st, 2014 by

You’re invited to join us again next Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 4th, at Vestavia’s McCal­lum Park for Red Rock Tues­day with Jeh Jeh Pruitt and the Fox 6 Team.

We’re excited to fea­ture this des­ti­na­tion in Ves­tavia Hills on Good Day Alabama with the help of our Health Action Part­ners, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and each of you!


Tues­day, Feb. 4, 2014

6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.


McCal­lum Park

Rose­mary Lane

Ves­tavia Hills, Al 35216

To get to McCal­lum Park from High­way 280, turn onto Rocky Ridge Road and keep left to stay on Rock Ridge Road. Go approx­i­mately 3.5 miles, then turn right onto Rose­mary Lane. The park will be at the end of Rose­mary Lane.

We hope to see you there as we con­tinue to edu­cate our com­mu­nity about the Red Rock Trail System!

Red Rock Tuesday

January 13th, 2014 by

Red Rock Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 14th: Tarrant’s Down­town EcoScape Park

Join us tomor­row for Red Rock Tues­day with Jeh Jeh Pruitt and the Fox 6 Team at the Tar­rant EcoScape Park!

We con­tinue to fea­ture des­ti­na­tions of the Red Rock Trail the first Tues­day of every month on Good Day Alabama with the help of our Health Action Part­ners, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and each of you!

Located at 1113 Ford Avenue in down­town Tar­rant, the EcoScape Park pro­vides nat­ural restora­tion to a vacant lot that at one time housed a dry clean­ing busi­ness.  Designed for pas­sive recre­ation and use as an out­door class­room, Tar­rant EcoScape’s bioswales mit­i­gate stormwa­ter runoff from adja­cent park­ing lots.  The park also fea­tures a mosaic foun­tain, benches made from reclaimed gran­ite street curbs, and an herb gar­den planted by Tar­rant Mid­dle School students.

When: Jan­u­ary 14th
6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.

Where: To get to the park, take I-20/59 towards Atlanta/Gadsden.  Take exit 128 toward High­way 79 onto Tal­lapoosa Street.  Con­tinue straight as the road becomes Van­der­bilt Road and then Pin­son Val­ley Park­way.  After approx­i­mately two miles, veer slightly to the right onto Pin­son Street. After half a mile, turn right onto Ford Avenue and the park will be on your right.

Nature Hike & Work Day

December 12th, 2013 by

2013-11-25 060Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust hosted par­ents and Webe­los from Cub Scout Pack #386 (based at Raleigh Ave. Bap­tist Church) at the Wild­wood Wild­flower Pre­serve in Home­wood on recently for a nature hike and privet pull work day! 

The Webe­los in atten­dance learned about tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, the lay­ers of a for­est, and why it is impor­tant to keep inva­sive exotic plant species under con­trol. One of the high­lights of the trip was watch­ing the kids pre­tend­ing to be squir­rels and crawl inside a hol­low tulip poplar tree! The Webe­los and their par­ents removed a sig­nif­i­cant amount of Chi­nese privet from an area within the pre­serve, and all had a great time help­ing to restore part of this amaz­ing forest. 

Thanks Pack #386!

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Red Rock Tuesday

December 2nd, 2013 by

Red Rock Tues­day, Decem­ber 3rd: Jemi­son Park in Moun­tain Brook

Join us tomor­row for Red Rock Tues­day with Jeh Jeh Pruitt and the Fox 6 Team  at Jemi­son Park in Moun­tain Brook!

We con­tinue to fea­ture des­ti­na­tions of the Red Rock Trail the first Tues­day of every month on Good Day Alabama with the help of our Health Action Part­ners, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and each of you! Jemi­son Park was an orig­i­nal part of the Olm­stead plan that helped inspire the Red Rock Trail.The 54 acres park has a one mile trail that winds along Shades Creek and con­nects with the Nature Trail, the Watkins Trace Trail, and ties in with Moun­tain Brook’s side­walks. Jemi­son Park is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion in Moun­tain Brook for walk­ers, run­ners, and vis­i­tors look­ing to expe­ri­ence the outdoors.

When: Decem­ber 3rd
6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.

To get to Jemi­son Park, take the Shades Creek Parkway/Lakeshore Drive exit from High­way 280 and head towards Moun­tain Brook.  Shades Creek Park­way becomes Moun­tain Brook Park­way, and Jemi­son Park will be on your right. Par­al­lel park­ing places are avail­able along Moun­tain Brook Park­way or office spaces are located at the inter­sec­tion of Cahaba Road and Moun­tain Brook Parkway.

This Red Rock Tues­day, we will also be talk­ing about #Giv­ingTues­day, a national day of giv­ing dri­ven by social media and will host a very spe­cial guest who is mak­ing a spe­cial trip from the North Pole! hanks for your con­tin­ued sup­port. We hope to see you there!


December 2nd, 2013 by

Giving Tuesday pic#Giv­ingTues­day is a national move­ment that began last year to cre­ate a day of giv­ing that would launch the giv­ing sea­son. Part of the inspi­ra­tion behind #Giv­ingTues­day was to give the giv­ing com­mu­nity an annual day to par­tic­i­pate in char­i­ta­ble actions or dona­tions the way retail stores can par­tic­i­pate in the excite­ment of Black Fri­day or Cyber Mon­day. This is the first year FWLT is par­tic­i­pat­ing and we are so eager, that we set a huge goal!

This year, #Giv­ingTues­day falls on Decem­ber 3rd and we have set a goal to raise $5,000! We hope that you par­tic­i­pate in this national day of giv­ing by donat­ing here on our web­site or going to:

Be sure to fol­low our progress on our Twit­ter (@FWLT) and Face­book ( pages!