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We are proud to announce our new Adopt-a-Trail partnership with Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC), an architecture and engineering firm working across the southeastern United States.

GMC adopted the Jones Valley Trail on 1st Avenue South.

Crystal Shurett, an environmental scientist at GMC, says the company decided to adopt a trail because they believe in playing an active role in the communities they are a part of.

“It made sense for our company to adopt the Jones Valley Trail on 1st Avenue South not only because it runs directly behind our office, but also because we designed the trail and use it every day,” Shurett said. “We have a strong personal connection to this trail.”

As an Adopt-a-Trail partner, GMC hopes to encourage Jefferson County residents to take advantage of the Red Rock Trail System by maintaining the property, adding visual interest along the trail, and creating amenities for trail users.

“Freshwater Land Trust has been critical in creating a more connected and healthy Birmingham via the Red Rock Trail System,” Shurett said. “It’s really projects like these that create pride and a sense of community, and we are thrilled to be a part of that.”

The group’s first workday was on July 26. They focused on picking up trash and debris along the trail. Future plans include building benches, installing art pieces, and planting native or xeriscape species along the trail.

Thank you, GMC!

Learn more about our Adopt-a-Trail program.

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