BOB AND ANN TATE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE TODAY AND FOREVER
Bob and Ann Tate have walked the woods of Alabama for as long as they can remember. Bob and Ann are long-time wildflower and bird enthusiasts and have both served as Presidents of the Birmingham Audubon Society and Alabama Wildflower Society. Bob has also served as President of the Cahaba River Society.
So, several years ago, when they were shown 14 acres of beautiful property covered with wildflowers on the Cahaba River, they decided they had to have it.
After their two sons grew up and moved out of state, Bob and Ann built a house on that very same property, peacefully nestled in the middle of the woods.
Over the years, their love for the property and all its memories brought them to a point where they wanted to ensure that no one would ever build any other structures that might destroy the beautiful surroundings on their special place in the woods. With saving habitat for the birds and wildflowers in mind, they decided to donate an easement to the Freshwater Land Trust to save the property forever.
This was not the Tate’s first encounter with the Freshwater Land Trust, however.
Before 1990, Bob worked as the attorney for the Cahaba River Society, the organization that helped win the sewer suit against Jefferson County that initially created the Black Warrior and Cahaba Land Trust, now the Freshwater Land Trust (FWLT). Bob wanted a nonprofit that, through easements, could protect the Cahaba forever. Consequently, he was instrumental in the founding of the Freshwater Land Trust. Bob knew Wendy Jackson before FWLT was created, and when she was selected as Executive Director, he said, “Our problems are solved.”
Then leading the way, in 2004, Bob and Ann put their land near the Cahaba in a conservation easement. Subsequently, they have given funding for stewardship endowment and have been contributors to the Freshwater Land Trust annually since 2004.
When asked how all of this really happened, Bob says, “I blame Ann for this, she got me involved with the Wildflower and Audubon Societies.”
As a former litigation attorney, Bob says, “I’m now the good kind of lawyer—retired.”
But Bob and Ann have retired in a beautiful place that is secured by them forever. It has been a long journey to this point, but the Freshwater Land Trust is so grateful to both of them for not only playing a vital role in helping to create the land trust, but also for their continuous support throughout the years.
Executive Director Wendy Jackson confirms, “Bob and Ann Tate are legends in the environmental community. They exemplify people whose lives have truly made a difference, and I am honored to know them and call them friends!”
Thank you Bob and Ann for all you have done and continue to do to support the Freshwater Land Trust!