Where We Are Working

The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, a Birm­ing­ham, Alabama– based non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, is ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing Alabama land of excep­tional and irre­place­able nat­ural, cul­tural and recre­ational value, with a focus on pro­tect­ing lands that enhance water qual­ity in our rivers and streams. The 5th most bio­log­i­cally diverse state in the nation, Alabama has 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 with 11 that are only found here. Sadly, our state ranks 3rd nation­ally for threat­ened endan­gered species.

Our mis­sion is to pre­serve the spe­cial places that set us apart. We work to pro­tect our trea­sured lands and species by col­lab­o­rat­ing with will­ing landown­ers inter­ested in pro­tect­ing water qual­ity and other con­ser­va­tion val­ues such as fam­ily farms and work­ing forests, scenic views, his­tor­i­cal sites, pub­lic recre­ation, and habi­tats for rare plants and ani­mals. By lever­ag­ing part­ner­ships with landown­ers, cor­po­ra­tions, local, state, and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, and other non-profit orga­ni­za­tions, our plans help to ensure that we pre­serve the places that mat­ter the most.

In 2009, we con­ducted more than 20 pub­lic stake­holder meet­ings with hun­dreds of peo­ple from all dif­fer­ent walks of life. We used the infor­ma­tion we gath­ered to iden­tify pri­or­ity conservation-focus areas that we are work­ing to con­serve in the com­ing years (see map).

Our goal is to save the places that mat­ter most to Alabami­ans, so that we can pass along our rich and unique nat­ural her­itage to those who come after us. With your help, we will leave a price­less legacy, and those who enjoy these lands many cen­turies from now will thank us for it.