Last year, In 20 meetings across eight counties of central Alabama, the Freshwater Land Trust listened as hundreds of people representing more than 400 organizations mapped out the places that mattered to them — to you — to all of us. Starting this week, Land Trust staffers are reporting back on phase one of developing a community-based conservation plan.
This is great news for people in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Walker, Bibb, Chilton and Tuscaloosa counties and for the next generation that will benefit from planning going on today. The Land Trust now has a record of the special places that we care about, with an overlay that includes population density, current protected areas, plant and animal treasures and a model of projected development.
“We want to educate officials and planning departments as to what is important,” said Wendy Jackson, executive director of the Freshwater Land Trust. “We want to create a master plan that we can give back to communities and organizations so it can be put into action. We want to preserve places that matter, places that as a community we want to pass on to the next generation.”
Creation of the master plan will get a boost from the stimulus grants announced last week. Stay tuned for news about the next phase, which will involve an internal process to set top priorities for the work of the Freshwater Land Trust. Your Community Foundation helped to pay for this first phase of the process because we too know the value of preserving the great natural resources of our community for today and for tomorrow.