Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust Wins Award for Red Rock Ridge & Val­ley Trail System

FWLT one of only two top Honor Award winners

The Alabama chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Land­scape Archi­tects (ASLA) announced the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust as a recip­i­ent of the Honor Award at their annual Twin States con­fer­ence, which was held in Orange Beach, AL April 11—13.  The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust was rec­og­nized specif­i­cally for their Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem mas­ter plan, which intends to unify the Birm­ing­ham area with a series of green­ways and alter­na­tive trans­porta­tion paths.

“Peo­ple from this area, and around the coun­try, love the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem.  It is so nice to get this recog­ni­tion and to keep our momen­tum of pub­lic sup­port,” said Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Wendy Jack­son. “There have been so many great peo­ple involved, and we want them to con­tinue to see this grand vision realized.”

Each year the Alabama ASLA hon­ors the top pub­lic places, res­i­den­tial designs, cam­puses, parks and urban plan­ning projects. Honor is the high­est award given, and a major­ity of sub­mis­sions do not win awards at all. To ensure objec­tiv­ity, the Penn­syl­va­nia chap­ter of ASLA judged Alabama’s sub­mis­sions. The jury con­sid­ered qual­ity of analy­sis and plan­ning effort, con­text, envi­ron­men­tal sen­si­tiv­ity, like­li­hood of imple­men­ta­tion and value to the public.

The Red Rock Trail Sys­tem is the result of more than 40 stake­holder meet­ings and 3,000 cit­i­zen com­ments. The mas­ter plan pro­poses more than 250 miles of shared-use green­ways and trails along six main cor­ri­dors sur­round­ing Birm­ing­ham, as well as over 500 miles of street-based bicy­cle and pedes­trian path­ways that will con­nect the cor­ri­dors with sur­round­ing areas. The plan recently received a $10 mil­lion boost when the City of Birm­ing­ham received the TIGER GRANT, which is expected to build 29 miles of trail by 2014.

About the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust

The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is a 501©(3) non-profit orga­ni­za­tion that acquires, con­serves and con­nects open spaces that are crit­i­cal for the pro­tec­tion of rivers and streams and that pro­vide recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity. The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust is nation­ally accred­ited by the Land Trust Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion (an inde­pen­dent pro­gram of the Land Trust Alliance), a des­ig­na­tion that rec­og­nizes con­ser­va­tion orga­ni­za­tions as meet­ing stan­dards of excel­lence, uphold­ing the public’s trust and ensur­ing that con­ser­va­tion efforts are per­ma­nent. The Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust con­serves land in Jef­fer­son, Shelby, Blount, Chilton, Bibb, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, and Walker coun­ties. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit

About ASLA

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tion for land­scape archi­tects, rep­re­sent­ing nearly 16,000 mem­bers in 48 pro­fes­sional chap­ters and 76 stu­dent chap­ters. The Society’s mis­sion is to lead, to edu­cate and to par­tic­i­pate in the care­ful stew­ard­ship, wise plan­ning and art­ful design of our cul­tural and nat­ural envi­ron­ments. Mem­bers of the Soci­ety use their “ASLA” suf­fix after their names to denote mem­ber­ship and their com­mit­ment to the high­est eth­i­cal stan­dards of the pro­fes­sion. Learn more about land­scape archi­tec­ture online at


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