Throughout 2021 Freshwater Land Trust (FLT) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Perhaps no organization has changed the landscape of Birmingham and Central Alabama for the better than Freshwater Land Trust. Here is their story.
Birmingham is adding to the Red Rock Trail System! On Earth Day, the Freshwater Land Trust (FLT) broke ground on the highly anticipated Jones Valley Trail Extension. The groundbreaking ceremony took place behind the M2 building at 3501 1st Avenue South, where a portion of the trail extension will be located.
We all know litter is bad for the environment, yet it continues to be a problem. Last week, Freshwater Land Trust, Osprey Initiative, River Network and the City of Birmingham installed a “Litter Gitter” in Valley Creek to help with the issue.
When I was in the 4th grade, I took my first Alabama history class. Without fail, each day, the teacher outlined Alabama on the chalkboard–the rectangular box with the “high heels” that is Baldwin and Mobile counties. At the end of each class, she would wipe away that outline of the state.
This past December 2018, heavy rains and winds blew down a large pine tree on top of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Constructed only a couple of years ago, the purpose of the greenhouse was to grow native trees and flora and plant them within Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Its untimely destruction was a huge setback for the preserve financially and ecologically.
In the 1920s, Birmingham employed the skills of a true urban planning visionary, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. We see his mark today in places like Ward and Rushton Parks, but his full-fledged master plan? It fell through the cracks. Today, the Red Rock Trail System is bringing it back, one trail at a time.