Many of you have probably visited these places, but one thing they all have in common is that they are products of partnerships and initiatives that Wendy Jackson, executive director of the Freshwater Land Trust, has played a key role in establishing. There is no one better at bringing diverse organizations and people together better than Wendy—she simply makes it happen.
Wendy Jackson has more than 20 years of experience in the field of real estate with most of those years spent in conservation. Since joining the Freshwater Land Trust in 2001, Wendy’s passion for river and land conservation has fueled her work to establish meaningful projects such as the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the Five Mile Creek Greenways project, and Red Mountain Park. Wendy has also played a vital role in spearheading the plan for the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System which has been an integral part of downtown Birmingham’s revitalization.
Wendy has been recognized across the state for her businesslike approach to conservation and her unique ability to bring diverse partners together for the benefit of conservation. During her tenure as Executive Director, the Land Trust has helped to protect more than 10,000 acres of land in north-central Alabama. In 2013, Wendy was named Friend of Planning by the American Planning Association for her efforts to coordinate the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. These are just a few examples of the large impact Wendy has made and continues to make on our community and on the environment.