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FRESHWATER LAND TRUST JUNIOR BOARD HOSTS 6TH ANNUAL LANDAID FEATURING THE WILD FEATHERS:
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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.
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
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Join us for good music and local brews for a good cause!
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!
CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL EXTENSION EXPANDS RED ROCK RIDGE AND VALLEY TRAIL SYSTEM
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 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!
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.
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 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.
Freshwater 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!
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.
Where: 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!
#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: https://www.youcaring.com/FWLT_GivingTuesday
Be sure to follow our progress on our Twitter (@FWLT) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FreshwaterLandTrust) pages!