New Complete Street in Titusville

There is a new buffered bike lane in the Titusville neighborhood. Over the course of 12 hours, 1st Avenue South was transformed. Thank you to AARP for funding this exciting project and volunteers for making it a reality!…

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FLT welcomes Endangered Species Intern

Freshwater Land Trust is excited to welcome Ruby Maghoney as our Urban Darter Endangered Species Steward Intern! Over the next several months, Ruby will manage and enhance seven endangered species habitats throughout Jefferson County, specifically focused on habitat for Rush, Vermilion, and Watercress darters.…

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Volunteer Impact at Cahaba Riverwalk

Earlier this summer, the Cahaba Riverwalk Trail Initiative dedicated time and effort to address erosion at their adopted Cahaba Riverwalk (Grant's Mill canoe launch). Volunteers installed water bars along the trail to prevent the formation of ruts and gulleys. …

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12th Annual Land Aid

Freshwater Land Trust’s Junior Board is proud to host our the 12th annual Land Aid, a fundraising concert benefitting land conservation and trail construction across Central Alabama. Umphrey’s McGee will be headlining this year’s event.…

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Aquatic Life 101

Alabama is one of the most biodiverse areas in the United States and maintains some of the richest ecosystems east of the Mississippi River. The state’s network of freshwater rivers and streams, high precipitation levels, and warm temperatures create the ideal home for thousands of wildlife species.…

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Composting 101

Chances are, you’ve heard of composting. But what is it, really? To put it simply, composting breaks down natural waste, like food scraps or leaves, into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.…

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Forest Bathing 101

Spending time in nature is relaxing and therapeutic. But did you know that getting outdoors is more than just a fun activity? Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the process of intentionally taking in the atmosphere of the outdoors through all your senses.…

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FLT welcomes summer interns

Freshwater Land Trust is excited to welcome two summer interns for the season: Dominique Foreman and Maggie Palmer. They will each be an asset in advancing projects and initiatives that are part of FLT's mission for the next two to three months.…

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Turtle Ramp on Turkey Creek property

Conservation down to the tiniest creature is part of FLT’s mission to preserve land, water, and the species that make their homes in Central Alabama. Innovative solutions like this turtle ramp ensure that animals on FLT properties remain healthy and continue to flourish.…

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Blue Springs Bioblitz

Freshwater Land Trust’s Blue Springs Bioblitz was held May 22 – May 23 in Ragland, Alabama. A bioblitz is an organized event during which participants find and identify as many plant, animal, and fungi species as possible…

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May 2021: COVID-19 Notice

May 20, 2021 - Freshwater Land Trust staff are back in the office full-time as of May 10th, 2020 working from our new office space at 3501 1st Ave S Suite 201-A, Birmingham, AL 35222. During this time of transition, we ask that visitors receive express permission from a staff member before coming by.…

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Join us as a Freshwater Fan!

If you value beautiful forests, clean water, and walkable trails, you are already a fan of what we do. Why not make it official? As a Freshwater Fan, you will provide critical support for conservation and outdoor recreation throughout Central Alabama.…

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Ladies Who Hike Make a Wish

Ladies Who Hike (LWH), a local hiking group for women, is partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to benefit children in Alabama. On November 14th, they will complete a 27-mile hike on…

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Turkey Creek Property Exchange with City of Pinson

On October 15th, Freshwater Land Trust (FLT) and the City of Pinson, in partnership with Birmingham-Southern College’s Southern Environmental Center (BSCSEC), finalized a property exchange involving the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (TCNP). Through this transaction, FLT gave 28 acres of property within TCNP to the City…

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2019 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2019 Annual Report! Each year, we release an annual report as a brief snapshot of project milestones, finances, and ongoing initiatives. In 2019, we…

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Land Trust Accreditation – Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Freshwater Land Trust is pleased to announce…

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Adopt-a-Trail

In January 2018, we launched our Adopt-a-Trail program, a volunteer initiative supporting Red Rock Trail System. Volunteer groups take care of their adopted trail by removing litter, raking leaves, pruning and…

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Check out our new online store!

You can now purchase Freshwater Land Trust t-shirts and other items through our online store! Enter Online Store All sales are final and benefit our conservation work in Alabama. You…

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Partner Spotlight: Chris Boles

Partner Spotlights are conversations with the people who make our work possible. Chris Boles Occupation: Retired Banker Connected to Freshwater Land Trust since: 2016 Favorite form of outdoor exercise: Gardening,…

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Partner Spotlight: Derek Conrad Brown

Partner Spotlights are conversations with the people who make our work possible. Derek Conrad Brown Occupation: Management and Workplace Culture Consultant Connected to Freshwater Land Trust since: 2016 Favorite local trail: Rotary Trail,…

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2017 Annual Report

We’re excited to share our 2017 annual report! This report is a snapshot of the positive impact individuals like you are making on the health of our woods & rivers and…

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Double Oak Conservation Celebration

Join the Freshwater Land Trust for our Double Oak Conservation Celebration! Event Details: Saturday, May 5, 2018 130 Galway Trail, Birmingham, AL 35242 4-7 PM Tickets: $100 In 2015, with…

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"Complete Streets" Events

“Complete streets” are streets that are safe and comfortable for everyone, whether you’re walking, cycling, driving, or riding the bus. They are safe for people of all ages and abilities. Complete streets…

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2017 Board of Directors

The Freshwater Land Trust is excited to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors this year: Thomas N. Carruthers, III Principal Owner Red Rock Realty Group Tom has…

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Why the Red Rock Trail matters

In 1925, renowned landscape architects Fredrick Law Olmsted, Jr. and John Charles Olmstead designed a plan for Birmingham that included parks within walking distance of every home. A planned network…

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20 for 20 Anniversary Challenge

Make your gift via paypal The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) orga­ni­za­tion there­fore your con­tri­bu­tion is tax deductible. A hiking trail. A fishing hole. A backyard creek. Why do…

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Red Rock Tuesday feat. Parks Rx

Next week, October 4, we will be filming our October segment of Red Rock Tuesday featuring Parks Rx. This new program was officially launched by Birmingham REACH for Better Health…

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Norwood Boulevard Blast 5k

This coming Saturday, September 24, the Norwood Resource Center (NRC), a non-profit organization founded as a grassroots initiative, will be hosting its third annual Boulevard Blast 5K and Fun Run/Walk.…

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20 Projects: Civil Rights Trail

During the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham, Alabama became the site of history. During the 1963 civil rights campaign, the Alabama metropolis was plunged into the national, televised spotlight as African-Americans,…

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Q&A: Drew Pendleton

As summer comes to an end, we’re saying, “see you later” to several of our interns. We sat down with Drew Pendleton, our summer PR and communications intern thanks to…

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20 Projects: Cosby Lake

Nearly 20 miles northeast of downtown Birmingham lies the city of Clay, Alabama. Part rural community, part Birmingham suburb, the city stretches from the edges of Center Point and Trussville…

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20 Champions: Bishop Johnson

Behind Faith Apostolic Church in Powderly, a neighborhood southwest of downtown Birmingham, weaves a peaceful gravel and rock path. This path leads to a concealed spring that houses the endangered…

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Upcoming Red Rock Tuesday

It’s that time again! We’re kicking off the start of spring with a Red Rock Tuesday at Rotary Trail next week! On Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00 a.m., we will…

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World Water Day

Today is an international observance day for water related issues. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, and it has been held annually…

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