Bham metro is now home to 7 “litter gitter” devices thanks to the Freshwater Land Trust and partners

Rusha Smith (in grey) with the Freshwater Land Trust addresses Project Litter Gitter launch at McCallum Park in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Last week, the Freshwater Land Trust officially launched Project Litter Gitter, installing five new litter gitter devices in Birmingham (2), Bessemer Homewood and Vestavia Hills.   

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Connecting Birmingham: Jones Valley Trail to extend from downtown to Avondale

The Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South is set to connect Downtown to Avondale by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust

Freshwater Land Trust announced some exciting news this week—the Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South will soon connect downtown Birmingham to Avondale. Here’s the latest on the project.

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Freshwater Land Trust installs “Litter Gitter” at Valley Creek

Freshwater Land Trust and Osprey Initiative installed a “Litter Gitter” at Valley Creek last week. Photo via Osprey Initiative on Facebook

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. 

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Red Mountain Park was once a sea of stumps? Explore 200 years of landscape changes in Alabama

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Aerial photo of the what is today Red Mountain Park in the 1900s. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

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.

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6 ways you can protect Alabama’s public lands including becoming a Wilderness Ranger

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The “Big Tree” in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo credit: Tony Barber

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.

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Reviving the urban planning wisdom of Birmingham’s 1925 Olmsted plan with the Red Rock Trail System

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The Red Rock Trail System enables citizens to bike, walk and run the Magic City. Photo by Greg Harber via Freshwater Land Trust’s Instagram

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.

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Watch videos released about Birmingham Audubon, Freshwater Land Trust and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Screenshot of the recent Birmingham Audubon video about the W.E. Putnam Urban Farm

Over the past two months, videos about the work of the Birmingham Audubon Society, Freshwater Land Trust and the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve have been published on social media.

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Don’t miss 4 guided hikes led by Birmingham conservation groups in October, including Red Mountain Park

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Breakout your hiking boots Birmingham.  4 local conservations groups will be leading specially guided hikes in October. Here is your chance, to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, recharge your batteries and meet folks.

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Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Awards honor Birmingham’s own Wendy Jackson and Wenonah High School

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Wendy Jackson, second from the right next to Governor Kay Ivey receiving Conservationist of the Year award. Photo from Alabama Wildlife Federation Facebook page.

Earlier this month, several Birmingham conservation leaders were honored at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Award banquet, including former longtime Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director Wendy Jackson and students from Wenonah High School.

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Give back to your community. Join the Freshwater Land Trust adopt-a-trail initiative

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Leadership of Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Land Trust. They were the first organization to adopt a trail this spring and have completed a couple of very impactful cleanups on their adopted trail, Enon Ridge. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust.

Want to give back to your community? Adopt-a-trail.

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Alabama’s unsung hero, the outdoor industry is responsible for 135,000 jobs

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Family hiking DeSoto State Park which has been expanded by the Forever Wild Program. Photo from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Billy Pope

Earlier this year, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released Outdoor Recreation Economy reports that showed Alabama’s outdoor industries have created 135,000 jobs statewide.

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