VOTE NOW!

voteOUTSIDE Mag­a­zine, America’s fore­most active and adven­ture lifestyle brand, and out­door lifestyle apparel com­pany Toad&Co have named Birm­ing­ham as a top final­ist in their 2015 “Best Town Ever” con­test! Our friends at Alabama Out­doors have been cho­sen as the retailer of choice and local pro­moter of the Best Towns 2015 bracket and have asked the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust and other local con­ser­va­tion groups to help spread the word about the vot­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Here’s how it works:

Over a period of six weeks, vot­ers 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—and we’ve got it all! There will be seven rounds to vote, the first round begin­ning TODAY. You can vote as many times as you like.

CLICK HERE to cast for your vote for Birmingham!

 

We need your help in spread­ing the word! Please share the link above on social media or via email with your con­tacts! You can also share your own Birm­ing­ham pho­tos with the offi­cial #voteb­hamout­doors tag to show­case the things we love most about Birmingham’s out­door places. The “Best Town” will be revealed on August 1st, and OUTSIDE will fea­ture the final 16 towns in its Sep­tem­ber 2015 issue.

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!

Preserving History

Cel­e­brat­ing and pre­serv­ing his­tory and cul­ture through nature is the root of our mis­sion at the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust. Over the years, we have been for­tu­nate enough to work with part­ners who can help us ful­fill that mission.

The Japan-America Soci­ety of Alabama was one of those partners.

In 2012, work­ing with Japan­ese Con­sulates through­out the coun­try, the Embassy of Japan took the ini­tia­tive to pro­mote the plant­ing of flow­er­ing cherry trees in 36 cities across the United States as part of the cen­ten­nial anniver­sary of Japan’s gift of the cherry trees that were planted along the mall in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in 1912. The Japan-America Soci­ety of Alabama (JASA) chose the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust as one of the local orga­ni­za­tions to receive two of the trees to be dis­played on part of the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail System.

The two small trees were descen­dants of the trees given to the U.S. in 1912. After eval­u­at­ing sev­eral land trust sites, we decided that Lake Cosby in the City of Clay would be the ideal loca­tion, so that peo­ple could enjoy the reflec­tion of the blos­soms on the lake when they visited.

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FWLT tree plant­ing cer­e­mony, Novem­ber 2012

The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust coor­di­nated a tree plant­ing with JASA in cel­e­bra­tion of the spe­cial gift in Novem­ber 2012. City of Clay Mayor Charles Web­ster and for­mer state Sen­a­tor Slade Black­well of Moun­tain Brook were among those who attended the tree plant­ing. It was a very mem­o­rable day for the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, as we were hon­ored to par­tic­i­pate in the national celebration.

Last week, three years later, Wendy Jack­son and Rebekah Parker went to Lake Cosby to visit with Mayor Web­ster. The cherry trees we planted three years ago were in full bloom!

It’s clear that the City of Clay has taken great care of the cherry trees and have given them the time and space they need to thrive,” Direc­tor of Con­ser­va­tion, Rebekah Parker, said. “The trees have grown about three feet, which is a sign of good health, and we hope that Lake Cosby vis­i­tors will con­tinue to enjoy the blooms every year.”

The cherry trees are a beau­ti­ful focal point at Lake Cosby,” Wendy said. “The reflec­tion of the blos­soms on the water cre­ate a serene and peace­ful place for peo­ple to reflect and enjoy being out­side. These trees, which were so tiny before, now sym­bol­ize a mon­u­men­tal legacy that will last for generations—something we truly value at the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust.”

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Cherry trees then (Nov. 2012)

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Cherry trees now (March 2015)

 

 

 

Birdies for Charity

Birdies for Charity - newThe Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is excited to par­tic­i­pate in the Regions Tra­di­tion Golf Tour­na­ment, Birdies for Char­ity fundrais­ing event this year, and we need your sup­port to help us make it to the top of the leader board!

Donors may make a min­i­mum pledge of $0.05 per birdie, or a min­i­mum flat dona­tion of $20. Your gift will directly ben­e­fit the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust’s efforts to con­serve land in Cen­tral Alabama.

Click HERE to donate online

What is Birdies for Charity?

Birdies for Char­ity is a fundrais­ing pro­gram designed to give local non­prof­its the oppor­tu­nity to raise money by gen­er­at­ing con­tri­bu­tions based on the num­ber of birdies made by Cham­pi­ons Tour play­ers at the Regions Tradition.

A birdie is one stroke bet­ter than par, the nor­mal expected score, and there is an aver­age of more than 900 birdies made dur­ing a major cham­pi­onship golf tour­na­ment. So, the min­i­mum pledge of $0.05 would equal $45.00 donated to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust. We receive 100% of the con­tri­bu­tions after the tour­na­ment, and all funds will directly ben­e­fit our con­ser­va­tion work within our eight county region.

When can I donate?

The Regions Tra­di­tion tour­na­ment kicks off on May 13th, but dona­tions can be made at any time. In 2014, $314,000 was raised toward local char­i­ties and non­profit orga­ni­za­tions. Your pledge today of $0.05 or more or a flat dona­tion of $20 or more can help the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust pro­tect water qual­ity and con­serve open space.

Pro­gram Perks

There are sev­eral ben­e­fits to donors who con­tribute to the Birdies for Char­ity event:

  • Any donor who makes a pledge or a flat dona­tion to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is eli­gi­ble to win a Good-Any-One-Day Grounds ticket for the Regions Tra­di­tion at Shoal Creek Coun­try Club, as well as a Fresh­wa­ter­Land Trust car­rier cooler, hat, t-shirt and water bot­tle. We’ll draw win­ners through­out the tour­na­ment, so donate any time to be entered to win!
  • All donors will also be able to par­tic­i­pate in the “Guess the Birdies Con­test,” when they make their dona­tion online or via the pledge card.This allows entrants to guess the num­ber of birdies that will be made dur­ing the tour­na­ment for a grand prize of two Weekly Gallery ticket pack­ages to the 2016 U.S. Open Cham­pi­onship at Oak­mont Coun­try Club in Oak­mont, PA. Guess by May 13th for your chance to win when you are mak­ing your donation.
  • Donors are also entered into a weekly give­away draw­ing each Fri­day, which includes prizes such as gift cer­tifi­cates, 2015 Iron Bowl tick­ets, a Joe Namath auto­graphed foot­ball, and more! Fol­low the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust on Face­book to stay updated on the weekly prize giveaway.

How can I make my pledge or donation?

Click HERE to donate online. We also have pledge cards avail­able at our office that we would be happy to mail or email to you.

Please share the news with your friends and fam­ily on social media and encour­age them to con­tribute as well through­out the tour­na­ment. What eas­ier way to sup­port con­ser­va­tion? Help us pre­serve the places that mat­ter by pledg­ing or donat­ing today

Valentine’s “Getaway”

5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY OUTSIDE

Cosby Lake_00030_131118Want to do some­thing really spe­cial for your sweet­heart this Valentine’s Day? Plan a roman­tic “get­away” right here at home! What bet­ter way to tell some­one you love them than giv­ing them the gift of an out­door expe­ri­ence? Here’s 5 things you can get out­side and do with your spe­cial some­one this Valentine’s Day weekend:

  1. Red Moun­tain Park Lover’s Leap Adven­ture Tour: Our friends at Red Moun­tain Park have the per­fect out­door date for you. Zip line at the new Kaul Adven­ture Tower, or enjoy a guided hike in the park with com­pli­men­tary flow­ers and a fire­side din­ner and dessert. Click here for more details.
  2. Falling” in Love at Turkey Creek: What is more roman­tic than sit­ting and lis­ten­ing to the falls at sun­set at Turkey Creek Nature Pre­serve? Visit Turkey Creek for the ulti­mate Valentine’s get­away at one of Alabama’s most beau­ti­ful out­door places just 20 min­utes out­side of Birmingham.
  3. Pic­nic on the Cahaba: Every­one loves din­ner by the river. Pack a pic­nic and wine and dine together by the beau­ti­ful Cahaba River (but don’t for­get to pick up your trash!)
  4. Explore Moss Rock Pre­serve: Get your hearts’ pump­ing at the Moss Rock Pre­serve boul­der field. Moss Rock Pre­serve in Hoover appeals to climbers and explor­ers of all skill levels—the per­fect adven­ture for the two of you.
  5. Visit Vul­can: Spend Valentine’s Day with Vul­can him­self. Visit the museum and enjoy the absolutely spec­tac­u­lar views of the Birm­ing­ham with your spe­cial someone.

Donor Spotlight

bob and ann tate: mak­ing a dif­fer­ence today and forever

Bob and Ann

Wendy Jack­son, Ann Tate, Bob Tate

Bob and Ann Tate have walked the woods of Alabama for as long as they can remem­ber. Bob and Ann are long-time wild­flower and bird enthu­si­asts and have both served as Pres­i­dents of the Birm­ing­ham Audubon Soci­ety and Alabama Wild­flower Soci­ety. Bob has also served as Pres­i­dent of the Cahaba River Society.

So, sev­eral years ago, when they were shown 14 acres of beau­ti­ful prop­erty cov­ered with wild­flow­ers on the Cahaba River, they decided they had to have it.

After their two sons grew up and moved out of state, Bob and Ann built a house on that very same prop­erty, peace­fully nes­tled in the mid­dle of the woods.

Over the years, their love for the prop­erty and all its  mem­o­ries brought them to a point where they wanted to ensure that no one would ever build any other struc­tures that might destroy the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings on their spe­cial place in the woods. With sav­ing habi­tat for the birds and wild­flow­ers in mind, they decided to donate an ease­ment to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust to save the prop­erty forever.

This was not the Tate’s first encounter with the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, however.

Before 1990, Bob worked as the attor­ney for the Cahaba River Soci­ety, the orga­ni­za­tion that helped win the sewer suit against Jef­fer­son County that ini­tially cre­ated the Black War­rior and Cahaba Land Trust, now the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust (FWLT). Bob wanted a non­profit that, through ease­ments, could pro­tect the Cahaba for­ever. Con­se­quently, he was instru­men­tal in the found­ing of the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust. Bob knew Wendy Jack­son before FWLT was cre­ated, and when she was selected as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, he said, “Our prob­lems are solved.”

Then lead­ing the way, in 2004, Bob and Ann put their land near the Cahaba in a con­ser­va­tion easement.Subsequently, they have given fund­ing for stew­ard­ship endow­ment and have been con­trib­u­tors to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust annu­ally since 2004.

When asked how all of this really hap­pened, Bob says, “I blame Ann for this, she got me involved with the Wild­flower and Audubon Societies.”

As a for­mer lit­i­ga­tion attor­ney, Bob says, “I’m now the good kind of lawyer—retired.”

But Bob and Ann have retired in a beau­ti­ful place that is secured by them for­ever. It has been a long jour­ney to this point, but the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is so grate­ful to both of them for not only play­ing a vital role in help­ing to cre­ate the land trust, but also for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port through­out the years.

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Wendy Jack­son con­firms, “Bob and Ann Tate are leg­ends in the envi­ron­men­tal com­mu­nity. They exem­plify peo­ple whose lives have truly made a dif­fer­ence, and I am hon­ored to know them and call them friends!”

Thank you Bob and Ann for all you have done and con­tinue to do to sup­port the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust!

 

 

Protection Priorities

 

Are you famil­iar with the process we use to deter­mine what lands to protect?

Deter­min­ing the con­ser­va­tion val­ues of a par­tic­u­lar prop­erty is the first step in the decision-making process.

Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust’s Board of Direc­tors has estab­lished five con­ser­va­tion pri­or­i­ties we use when con­sid­er­ing new lands for pro­tec­tion. A prop­erty within our eight coun­try region rank­ing high in each cat­e­gory would be con­sid­ered a high con­ser­va­tion priority.

These major con­ser­va­tion pri­or­i­ties include:

  • Water Qual­ity Pro­tec­tion: Our num­ber one pri­or­ity areas include those with higher risk of ero­sion. We strive in all our projects to pro­tect lands that enhance the water qual­ity of our rivers and streams.
  • Bio­log­i­cal Con­ser­va­tion: Alabama is the fifth most bio­log­i­cally diverse state in the coun­try, so it is extremely impor­tant to pro­tect habi­tats that sup­port rare species and bio­log­i­cal communities.
  • Recre­ational Poten­tial: Another aspect of our mis­sion is to con­serve lands that pro­vide recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­ni­ties we serve. Open spaces within or near highly pop­u­lated areas are a major pri­or­ity for us.
  • Impor­tant Con­nec­tors:  When con­sid­er­ing con­ser­va­tion projects, we look for link­ages between exist­ing pre­served areas. This increases the acreage we can pro­tect and ben­e­fits the land already protected.
  • Com­mu­nity Con­ser­va­tion Pri­or­i­ties:  Any open space that has the poten­tial to ben­e­fit its com­mu­nity ranks high on our pri­or­ity list. His­tor­i­cal sites, bicy­cle or pedes­trian routes, view­sheds, etc. all con­tribute to the qual­ity of life of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

 

Partner Happenings

 

Father Nature land­scapes helps restore turkey creek streambank

 

Father Nature Land­scapes, one of our Cor­po­rate Part­ners for Con­ser­va­tion, recently Turkey Creek cu 1_00035_140513 Turkey Creek cu 1_00034_140513revis­ited Turkey Creek for the final round of plant­i­ngs on the newly formed stream­bank fol­low­ing our removal of Old Shadow Lake Dam.

 

Daniel McCurry and his crew at Father Nature have worked tire­lessly on this dif­fi­cult project, and will have planted nearly 100 native plants and trees along the newly estab­lished stream­bank. Although this restora­tion has been chal­leng­ing at times, Daniel has shown his exper­tise and been a huge help in our efforts to revi­tal­ize Turkey Creek. Thank you Father Nature Land­scapes for being an out­stand­ing part­ner not just in our dam removal work, but in all our con­ser­va­tion projects.

 

This year, we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our restora­tion work at the Turkey Creek dam removal site, one of our most suc­cess­ful projects to date, which opened up an addi­tional half mile of habi­tat for the endan­gered ver­mil­ion darter – a fish that before this project only had about seven miles of habi­tat in the world.

A Look Back

 

14 Things We Did for Con­ser­va­tion in 2014

Look­ing back at the year passed, we accom­plished great things for con­ser­va­tion in 2014. Although we had some unex­pected chal­lenges come our way, we were still able to achieve our goals and tackle new projects as well.

As we wel­come a new year, here are 14 thing we accom­plished in 2014 thanks to our gen­er­ous part­ners, sup­port­ers and friends:

  1. Some good dam progress: Thanks to fund­ing from the National Fish & Wildlife Foun­da­tion, we were able to sta­bi­lize and restore the stream bank at Turkey Creek fol­low­ing our Old Shadow Lake dam removal project in 2013.
  2. Restor­ing Tapawingo Springs: We part­nered with Waste Man­age­ment of Alabama to remove and trans­port trash from the for­mer mobile home park at Tapawingo Springs. These efforts con­tributed to another phase of our long-term restora­tion plan to return Tapawingo Springs to its nat­ural wet­land state.
  3. Meet­ing E.O. Wil­son: Bishop Heron John­son, founder of Faith Apos­tolic ChurchEOWilson and owner of Seven Springs, and Dr. E.O. Wil­son were finally able to meet in per­son at the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama’s E.O. Wil­son week pro­gram. Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Wendy Jack­son was hon­ored to share the story of how these cham­pi­ons for bio­di­ver­sity were brought together by the dis­cov­ery of the Water­cress Darter at Seven Springs.
  4. Canoe­ing the Cahaba: This year, we hosted our largest canoe trip yet! As a thank you for their com­mit­ment to our orga­ni­za­tion, we enjoyed a relax­ing day pad­dling the Cahaba with our clos­est part­ners and friends. Spe­cial thanks to Partners Canoe Trip 14_00042_140516David But­ler with Canoe the Cahaba for help­ing us coor­di­nate our annual canoe trip!
  5. A Visit from Sec­re­tary Jew­ell: Sec­re­tary Sally Jew­ell of the US Depart­ment of Inte­rior came to tour the city of Birm­ing­ham and dis­cuss renewed fund­ing for the Land and Water Con­ser­va­tion Fund. Wendy Jack­son was able to par­tic­i­pate in the tour, show­ing Sec­re­tary Jew­ell the best of Birmingham’s parks and greenspaces.
  6. Wing­spread:  Wendy Jack­son also had the oppor­tu­nity to attend the Wing­spread Con­fer­ence at the John­son Foun­da­tion in Racine, Wis­con­sin, were she and the best and bright­est of health pro­fes­sion­als and con­ser­va­tion­ists through­out the United States came together to cre­ate the Wing­spread Dec­la­ra­tion on Health and Nature. The dec­la­ra­tion is an offi­cial affir­ma­tion that empha­sizes the fun­da­men­tal need for humans to be re-connected with nature to reduce stress, renew the spirit, con­nect peo­ple to each other, and increase phys­i­cal activity.
  7. Moti­va­tion Mantra:  June kept us moti­vated this year with her always enthu­si­astijunec pas­sion for play­ing out­side. Thanks June for being one of our hard­est work­ing team members!
  8. Reac­cred­ited!: The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust received renewed accred­i­ta­tion in 2014, a mark of dis­tinc­tion in the land trust com­mu­nity that ensures we uphold stan­dards of excel­lence in all our con­ser­va­tion work.
  9. Interns Mak­ing an Impact: We were so grate­ful to work with some out­stand­ing young pro­fes­sion­als this year through our intern­ship pro­gram. Con­grat­u­la­tions Brit­tain Williams, Kaitlin Goins, Blake Scow­den, Parker White, Gurangu Zhu, Eliz­a­beth Liv­ingston, and Thomas Kulovitz on an out­stand­ing future ahead of you, and thank you for your hard work and dedication.
  10. A Party for a Cause: The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust Junior Board hosted anotherLand Aid 2014_00177_140718 suc­cess­ful Land Aid at Avon­dale Brew­ery, a con­cert event that raises money for our con­ser­va­tion efforts while engag­ing the younger Birm­ing­ham community..
  11. Improv­ing Health for Birm­ing­ham: The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust was selected as a part­ner in a $3 mil­lion CDC grant to reduce chronic dis­eases in under­served Birm­ing­ham neigh­bor­hoods by improv­ing nutri­tion and phys­i­cal activity.
  12. Rally 2014: This year, Ryan Parker and Rebekah Parker were both selected to rallypresent at the Land Trust Alliance’s national con­fer­ence in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island. In addi­tion, Mem­o­rie Eng­lish received a schol­ar­ship to attend the con­fer­ence and net­work with other land trust pro­fes­sion­als on her inau­gural Rally trip.
  13. Wel­com­ing New Lead­er­ship:  In 2014, we sadly said good­bye to two excep­tional Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust Board mem­bers, Malena Cun­ning­ham and Dr. Mike How­ell. We also wel­comed William Perry, Bran­don Glover, Mike Goodrich, Robin Wade and Larry Dav­en­port to our Board, and look for­ward to work­ing with them in 2015! None of our work would be pos­si­ble with­out the out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion of our Board of Direc­tors. We can’t thank them enough for their leadership!
  14. A grow­ing Fam­ily: We’re proud to finally and offi­cially announce that our Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust fam­ily is grow­ing! Rebekah Parker and her hus­band Gar­ret and Ryan Parker and his wife Melissa are both expect­ing this sum­mer! We are so excited to wel­come the “baby Park­ers” in May and June of 2015!

From all of us at the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’ll see you in 2015!

2014 Year-End Gift

 

5 Ways your Year-End Gift can Help Save Land in Cen­tral Alabama

Village Creek cu 5_00096_120425The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust ded­i­cates every dol­lar donated to ground­break­ing projects that pre­serve Alabama land of irre­place­able nat­ural value. We are incred­i­bly grate­ful for each of our part­ners, sup­port­ers and friends who com­mit their hearts to con­ser­va­tion. With­out them, we wouldn’t be able to accom­plish all that we have over the past 18 years—they are the true cham­pi­ons for conservation.

It’s not too late to make your 2014 tax-deductible year-end gift! Your gift to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust directly impacts our con­ser­va­tion work within the Cen­tral Alabama eight-county region. Your gift today, how­ever mod­est, will help pre­serve the places that mat­ter for tomorrow’s generation.

As you con­sider giv­ing to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, here are 5 ways your con­tri­bu­tion helps save crit­i­cal land in Cen­tral Alabama:

  1. Pre­serv­ing Nat­ural Her­itage: Alabama is the 5th most bio­log­i­cally diverse state in1 the nation with more than 18 river sys­tems and more fresh­wa­ter species diver­sity than any other state. Alabama is home to 35% of our nation’s fresh­wa­ter fish, 11 of which that are only found here. Sadly, our state ranks 3rd nation­ally for threat­ened or endan­gered species. Your gift allows us to work col­lab­o­ra­tively to pro­tect our trea­sured lands and species and pre­serve the water qual­ity for our rivers and streams.
  2. Con­nect­ing Com­mu­ni­ties:  Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Wendy Jack­son always says that when we pass each other in a car, we’re just name­less wind­shields pass­ing by. But when we cross paths on a trail or con­nect with each other in a park, we see each other’s faces—we nod, we smile, and it con­nects us as a com­mu­nity. The more we con­nect, the bet­ter able we are to grow. Your gift brings our com­mu­ni­ties together by pro­vid­ing access to trails, parks, open space, and most impor­tantly, each other.
  3. Boost­ing Eco­nom­ics:  Pre­serv­ing access to out­door recre­ation pro­tects the econ­omy, the busi­nesses, the com­mu­nity and the peo­ple who depend on the abil­ity to play out­side. At least 57% of Alabama res­i­dents par­tic­i­pate in out­door recre­ation each year. Also in Alabama, out­door recre­ation gen­er­ates $7.5 bil­lion in con­sumer spend­ing, 86,000 direct Alabama jobs, $2.0 bil­lion in wages and salaries, and $494 mil­lion in state and local tax rev­enue (www.outdoorindustry.org/recreationeconomy). Your gift con­serves open spaces that help our com­mu­nity grow economically.
  4. Improv­ing Health:  Time out­doors is known to improve people’s well-being. Peo­ple with­out access to the out­doors can be linked to higher rates of anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and of mood dis­or­ders, such as depres­sion (http://healthandnature.org). How­ever, expo­sure to green space coun­ters these ten­den­cies. Peo­ple who live near nat­ural set­tings are likely to report bet­ter men­tal health; urban parks are known to lower stress and ele­vate mood; and stud­ies have even linked green neigh­bor­hoods with lower rates of obe­sity in chil­dren and longer life spans in elders. Your gift improves our community’s health dis­par­i­ties by recon­nect­ing peo­ple to the outdoors.
  5. Leav­ing a Legacy:  Con­serv­ing land can be a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of pass­ing yourchild family’s most prized pos­ses­sion onto the next gen­er­a­tion. Ensur­ing your land is con­served in its nat­ural state has many ben­e­fits, but per­haps the most grat­i­fy­ing is know­ing that your chil­dren will cher­ish the land you pro­tected. Our goal is to pre­serve the places that mat­ter most to Alabami­ans, so that we can pass along our rich and unique her­itage to those who come after us. Your gift to the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust leaves a price­less legacy by con­serv­ing your spe­cial place that mat­ters in per­pe­tu­ity.

 

Make your 2014 tax-deductible gift online here: