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The Freshwater Land Trust Earns Continued National Recognition
Renewed Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – The Freshwater Land Trust has achieved renewed land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
“This accreditation helps us continue to carry out our mission of preserving the special places that matter in Alabama, and we are proud and honored to be recognized as meeting national standards of excellence,” Executive Director Wendy Jackson said. “This mark of distinction allows us to position ourselves among the community as dedicated stewards of Alabama’s exceptional and irreplaceable natural heritage, leaving a permanent legacy for future generations to admire.”
The Freshwater Land Trust is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that acquires, conserves and connects open spaces that are critical for the protection of rivers and streams and that provide recreational opportunities for the community. Its mission is the acquisition and stewardship of lands that enhance water quality and preserve open space. The Freshwater Land Trust conserves land in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Chilton, Bibb, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties. Some of the Freshwater Land Trust’s projects include Red Mountain Park, the Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership, the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Tapawingo Springs, Moss Rock preserve expansion in Hoover, Wildwood Preserve in Homewood, the Cahaba Riverwalk on Grants Mill Road, among several others.
The Freshwater Land Trustwas awarded renewed accreditation this August and is one of only 280 land trusts from across the country that are now accredited. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
“The Freshwater Land Trust is one of the first land trusts to achieve renewed accreditation, a significant achievement for the land trust and significant major milestone for the accreditation program. They are an important member of the 280 accredited land trusts that protect more than half of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accreditation renewal, which must be completed every five years, provides the public with an assurance that accredited land trusts continue to meet exceedingly high standards for quality.”
Each land trust that achieved renewed accreditation submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review. “Through accreditation renewal land trusts are part of an important evaluation and improvement process that verifies their operations continue to be effective, strategic and in accordance with strict requirements,” said Van Ryn. “Accredited organizations have engaged citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.”
According to the Land Trust Alliance, conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water; safe, healthy food; scenic landscapes and views; recreational places; and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. In addition to health and food benefits, conserving land increases property values near greenbelts, saves tax dollars by encouraging more efficient development, and reduces the need for expensive water filtration facilities. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about, including land transferred to public agencies and protected via other means. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
“We are proud to display the accreditation seal and look forward to continuing our work in making land conservation a priority in our region,” said Executive Director Wendy Jackson.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing land trust organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and that strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. See a complete list of all recently accredited land trusts online at http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/newsroom/press-releases. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About The Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance, of which The Freshwater Land Trust is a member, is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. The Alliance publishes Land Trust Standards and Practices and provides financial and administrative support to the Commission. It has established an endowment to help ensure the success of the accreditation program and keep it affordable for land trusts of all sizes to participate in accreditation. More information can be found at www.landtrustalliance.org.
J.J. is a 1996 Subaru Outback and was a generous gift to the Freshwater Land Trust. We named J.J. after her previous owners, Jerry and Joyce Lanning, two longtime donors and supporters of our organization. J.J. has worked hard for the Freshwater Land Trust. Our mission is to preserve the places that matter in the communities we serve, and J.J. is a vital part of our team.
J.J. has helped us preserve more than 10,000 acres of critical land by driving the Freshwater Land Trust staff to and from all the places we have conserved. J.J. was able to overcome the bumps and hills of our preserved properties, proving to be the perfect off-road vehicle and a true conservationist.
But J.J. is tired. She unfortunately has two broken front axles and needs a transmission replacement. The Freshwater Land Trust wants to give J.J. what she most deserves after all her hard work as a conservationist: retirement to Subaru Heaven. However, we need a new vehicle to carry on J.J.’s work in preserving the places that matter in Alabama. As J.J. would say herself, there is no greater legacy to leave behind than to protect lands for future generations to enjoy.
You can help us preserve the places that matter by donating to the Freshwater Land Trust’s transportation fund, and share J.J.‘s unique story in land conservation with your friends.
Here’s how you can help.….
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Freshwater Land Trust
2308 First Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Or contact the Freshwater Land Trust offices — 205.417.2777
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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
Share our event with your friends on Facebook and use #LandAid2014
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
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!
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!
#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!