May 3, 2013
For Immediate Release
Wendy Jackson of the Freshwater Land Trust receives Friend of Planning Award from the American Planning Association
Alabama Chapter recognizes the executive director for helping to preserve more 10,000 acres of land for posterity and for building the coalition to move the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System forward
Birmingham, Ala.—Wendy Jackson, Executive Director of the Freshwater Land Trust received the Friend of Planning award from the Alabama chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) on May 2, in Florence, where the chapter held its annual meeting. Jackson was recognized for championing the land trust’s goal of preserving the places that matter by involving broad coalitions of business, government and community supporters.
The Friend of Planning award is given to distinguished leaders who have advanced planning to better their communities. Brandon Bias, of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc., an architecture firm who has worked with the Freshwater Land Trust, wrote an essay in support of Jackson. He wrote of Jackson’s ability to educate disparate interest groups on the manifold benefits of greenways, demonstrated through her work to develop the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. This master plan reflects the input of 40 stakeholder meetings and more than 3,000 citizen comments from 2010–2011. The proposed 250 miles of greenways and trails along six main corridors, as well as more than 500 miles of street-based bicycle and pedestrian pathways, will connect corridors throughout Jefferson County.
“I am very appreciative for this award, which I accredit to the success of our team at the Freshwater Land Trust and the cooperation of inspired public and private citizens of this region,” said Jackson. “I am grateful to the American Planning Association for recognizing our efforts to conserve open spaces that make exercise an easy choice.”
Jackson has been responsible for preserving more than 10,000 acres of land for posterity through her work at the Freshwater Land Trust. She has also secured close to $17 million in conservation gifts. Jackson joined the organization in 2001. Some of the most recognizable projects during her leadership have been Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the Five Mile Creek Greenways, Red Mountain Park, and the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System.
About The Freshwater Land Trust
The Freshwater Land Trust is a 501©(3) non-profit 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. The Freshwater Land Trust is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance), a designation that recognizes conservation organizations as meeting standards of excellence, upholding the public’s trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent. The Freshwater Land Trust conserves land in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Chilton, Bibb, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties. For more information, please visit www.freshwaterlandtrust.org.
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