2016 Pheasant Hunt


We’re gearing up for our annual Pheasant Shoot at Westevelt Lodge on February 26th! Join us and other conservation-minded partners and friends for a fun day of bird hunting and fellowship.

markdadHunters will enjoy a continental style pheasant shoot and home-cooked Southern style lunch served at the beautiful, rustic, and historical Westervelt Lodge, one of the last large hunting plantations in the south, with 10,000 acres of land located along the Tombigbee River in west Alabama. Westervelt’s nationally recognized professional wildlife and forest management program has preserved the rich and popular tradition of providing an outstanding and natural hunting experience.

Wildrose Kennels, a Mississippi-based premier sporting dog training facility, will bring their professionally trained British retrievers to accompany the marksmen in the field. Our guests can also enjoy their birds afterward using a delicious pheasant recipe courtesy of world-renowned chef, Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club.

The Westervelt Company is one of the Freshwater Land Trust’s long-time Corporate Partners for Conservation, working with us in several capacities in addition to co-hosting the annual pheasant hunt. Proceeds from the pheasant hunt directly benefit the Freshwater Land Trust’s efforts to conserve land for recreational opportunities throughout our eight county region.

Register Today:

  • Each hunt is $425 per person, with $75 directly benefiting the Freshwater Land Trust.
  • There will be two hunts on Friday the 26th (both time slots include lunch):
  • Morning Hunt: 8am-1pm. If interested in the morning hunt, hunters are welcome to stay overnight at Westervelt Lodge on Thursday, February 25th as space allows. The fee to stay at the lodge for the morning hunt is an additional $130 and includes a steak dinner.
  • Afternoon Hunt: 11:30am-4:30pm
  • To register or for more information, contact Memorie English at 205-417-2774 or memorie.english@freshwaterlandtrust.org



Welcome Stan Palla

Dennis Pillion Tour_00015_150720Exciting news for the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System….we are pleased to announce that Stan Palla has joined our team as the 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 Mountain Nature Preserve’s programming and grounds as the organization’s executive director. His love for cycling led him to be the Director for the Alabama Bicycle Coalition, in which he effectively passed the 3-foot passing law in Alabama to protect cyclists on the road. On top of 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 Stanpass up the Red Rock Ridge and Valley position and sees this as an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for Birmingham, Jefferson County and the well being of it citizens. As the Red Rock Trail Director, Stan will work with our many partners to build the 750-mile trail system throughout Jefferson County, connecting our community to the places they want to go.

Welcome, Stan, to the Freshwater family!

Restoring Valley Creek

Photo by Zac Napier

Photo by Zac Napier

We are honored to receive funding from the Shannon Mine Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) agreement between the Black Warrior Riverkeepers and Shannon, LLC, a subsidiary of Drummond Co., to support restoration projects within the Valley Creek watershed, restoring flood plains and removing invasive species. Thank you to all the parties who made this funding possible and for helping the Freshwater Land Trust advance its mission of preserving the places that matter.

For more information on this settlement click here.


Party on the Porch

POP posterJoin us and our partners at Alabama Outdoors for the third Party on the Porch event of the summer to benefit Freshwater Land Trust!

Enjoy live music from Jason Bailey and Old Fashioned Rhythm Method, delicious food from Cantina On Wheels, and refreshing local draft beer from Cahaba Brewing, available in a $10 collectible cup (and served from the awesome YETI jockey box). Bring your friends and family for corn hole and face painting for kids (while supplies last).

Also, don’t miss your chance to win some awesome giveaways! We’ll be raffling two pairs of tickets to Land Aid 2015, our signature event at Avondale Brewery coming up on July 31st!

We are so excited to kick off the summer with this event and share some exciting news about our upcoming projects and events. So bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come Party on the Porch with us!

Join our Facebook event and invite friends here.

Read more about Land Aid 2015 presented by Vulcan Value Partners here.

Land Aid 2015

The Freshwater Land Trust is excited to announce that their 7th annual Land Aid event will be held on Friday, July 31, at Avondale Brewery. The event will be headlined by Kopecky, an American indie-rock band.

Nashville-based Kopecky (formerly the Kopecky Family Band) recently released their sophomore album, Drug for the Modern Age. Kopecky has had their music appear on a variety of hit television series including Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries and Nashville, among others. Kopecky has toured all over the world and have played at some of the largest music festivals including Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot, SXSW, Lollapalooza and most recently Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores.

Proceeds from Land Aid benefit the Freshwater Land Trust, a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve and connect open spaces that are critical for the protection of rivers and streams and that provide recreational opportunities for the communities it serves. The event is hosted by the Freshwater Land Trust junior board, a diverse group of young professionals committed to promoting the organization’s mission throughout the community and region.

“Our annual flagship event, Land Aid, is an opportunity for residents to learn more about our work and support our efforts to conserve land throughout Central Alabama,” said Wendy Jackson, Executive Director of the Freshwater Land Trust. “Since 2007, thousands of attendees have helped make Land Aid a success and ultimately helping to fulfill our mission to preserve the places that matter for future generations.”

The Freshwater Land Trust secures land through acquisition or easements, with the help of many partnerships serving eight counties in Central Alabama. Through the efforts of the Freshwater Land Trust staff, board of directors and junior board, more than 10,000 acres of land have been protected across Central Alabama.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. To purchase tickets or learn more about Land Aid, please visit www.freshwaterlandtrust.org.


Best Town Ever!

Birmingham Named in Outside Magazine Best Towns 2015

voteOUTSIDE Magazine, America’s foremost active and adventure lifestyle brand, and outdoor lifestyle apparel company Toad&Co have named Birmingham as a top 60 finalist in their 2015 “Best Town Ever” contest.

Local specialty outdoor retailer Alabama Outdoors has been chosen as the retailer of choice and local promoter of the Best Towns 2015 bracket. Over a period of six weeks, OUTSIDE’s readers will narrow an initial bracket of 64 towns down to one winner: the kind of place with top-notch restaurants, vibrant farmers’ markets, friendly neighborhoods, and unparalleled access to hiking and biking trails.

Beginning this week, OUTSIDE and Toad&Co will engage and incentivize consumers to visit Outside Online and vote early and often in the competition through a sweepstakes drawing. Seven drawings will occur, one after the end of each round of voting, with winners receiving Toad&Co apparel packages. Winners of the Grand Prize will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Best Town Ever fully outfitted in Toad&Co. The Best Town will be revealed on August 1st. OUTSIDE will feature the final 16 towns in its September 2015 issue.

Voting begins MAY 4 on Outside Online. Share your own #Birmingham photos with the official #votebhamoutdoors tag, and let’s show the nation what we already know and love about Birmingham!

Alabama Outdoors will spotlight Birmingham’s great outdoor culture and selection as a “Best Town” finalist on Friday, May 1st during the company’s popular Party on the Porch. Come out to celebrate Birmingham and this exciting opportunity, and remember to vote!

LandAid 2014



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


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!

Red Rock Tuesday

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

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.