We are The Freshwater Land Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the acquisition and stewardship of lands that enhance water quality and preserve open space. Since 1996, we have worked to acquire, conserve, and connect lands that are critical for the protection of rivers and streams and that provide recreational opportunities for the community.
We own and manage more than 5,000 acres, making us one of the largest owners of private nature preserves in the state of Alabama. With our many partners, we have helped protect more than 10,000 acres throughout Central Alabama.
The Freshwater Land Trust is based in Birmingham, Alabama and works to preserve the places that matter in Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties. We are nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a mark of distinction that indicates we meet national standards of excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure conservation efforts are permanent. With a dedicated Board of Directors and trained staff, we are well equipped to use our extensive conservation toolbox to assist landowners interested in preserving their land’s conservation values, such as family farms and working forests, scenic views, historical sites, public recreation, and natural habitats for rare plants and animals.
How we help
The Freshwater Land Trust is proud of our non-advocacy, businesslike approach to our conservation efforts. We work with governments, corporations, and private landowners to find win-win solutions that protect the land and the interests of the landowner and allow our community to grow economically.
We protect land through a number of different methods. The most common conservation tools we use are (1) land acquisition and (2) conervation easements. But, some of our most successful projects are secured not through acquisition or easements, but through partnerships. Red MountainPark, a 1,108-acre (and growing) tract of land that stretches 4.5 miles along Red Mountain in southwestern Jefferson County, was created through a terrific partnership of many different individuals and organizations. Read the exciting story of Red Mountain Park here.
Continuing a successful history
In 1924, the nationally renowned landscape architecture firm of Olmsted Brothers developed a park and natural areas plan for Birmingham and the surrounding areas. At that time, community leaders failed to implement the plan largely due to a lack of dedicated funding for the project. Many of the areas that the Olmsted Brothers recommended to be preserved as green space have since been developed. The Freshwater Land Trust is working to bring part of the original Olmsted Plan back to life and to create a network of connected spaces throughout north-central Alabama.
You can help
It is our hope that our generation will be remembered as the one who restored our rivers and made land conservation a priority. There are ways you can help .You can donate your time or resources to the Freshwater Land Trust.