The Freshwater Land Trust was recently selected as the Conservation Organization of the Year for the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards!
For more than 40 years, this award has recognized organizations that make lasting contributions to conservation in Alabama. The Conservation Organization of the Year Award is a part of the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, selected by the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) and one of the highest honors in the conservation community.
The Freshwater Land Trust and its Board of Directors were honored at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet for their work with Red Mountain Park, the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System, and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, including the removal of Old Shadow Lake Dam on Turkey Creek, a project that opened up an additional half mile of habitat for the endangered vermilion darter – a fish native to the Birmingham area that before this project only had about seven miles of habitat in the entire world.
“This award helps us continue to carry out our mission of preserving the special places that matter in Alabama, and we are extremely honored to be recognized as meeting AWF’s standards of excellence,” Executive Director Wendy Jackson said. “This mark of distinction allows us to position ourselves among the community as dedicated stewards of Alabama’s exceptional and irreplaceable natural heritage, leaving a permanent legacy for future generations to admire.”
In addition, the Rotary Club of Birmingham was selected as Water Conservationist of the Year Award for their work on the Rotary Trail. The Freshwater Land Trust nominated Rotary Club, highlighting the numerous water quality benefits associated with this transformational downtown addition to the Red Rock Trail.
The purpose of the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program is to promote leadership by example and in turn increase conservation of the natural resources of the State of Alabama – its wildlife, forests, soils, water, and air. The program is designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of conservation practices and projects, and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare of the community and the state.
Alabama Power Company, a long-time partner and supporter of the Freshwater Land Trust, provided the nomination for the award. Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S., and Randy Jones of Vulcan Materials Company provided letters of support. It is these special partnerships with corporate supporters like Alabama Power, B.A.S.S., and Vulcan Materials Company that allow the Freshwater Land Trust to conserve and protect Alabama’s natural and environmental resources, ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent in Alabama.
This is the second time the Freshwater Land Trust has been honored as Conservation Organization of the Year award, previously wining in 2003 as the Black Warrior-Cahaba River Land Trust.
About Alabama Wildlife Federation:
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a 501© 3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1–800-822-WILD or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.