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.

Red Rock Tuesday

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!