Environment & Green Spaces
Preserving Our Natural Environment and Rich Green Spaces
We believe that the protection of our natural resources and green spaces is vital to the environment and to the health of our communities. Alabama is home to one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in the nation, offering biodiversity unparalleled in our country. Protecting our land and water resources is critical to preserving that biodiversity. Birmingham’s parks and greenspaces offer a variety of outdoor activities for its residents.
The Foundation has identified several key outcomes that guide our grant making around the environment and green spaces:
- Birmingham’s greenspaces are safe and accessible to local communities and contribute to the health, economic development, and vibrancy of the city.
- Our area’s unique natural resources and biodiversity are protected and valued.
- Organizations educate our children and the public about the importance of caring for our environment.
- We support efforts to mitigate and prepare for climate change.
Birmingham’s popular green economic catalyst provides plenty of space to exercise and unwind in the heart of the city. With more than 500,000 annual visitors, Railroad Park has been a major anchor for the redevelopment of downtown Birmingham. For more information, visit www.railroadpark.org.
Cahaba River Society
As Alabama’s longest remaining stretch of free-flowing river, the Cahaba River is one of the most biodiverse waterways on Earth, supporting over 139 rare and imperiled species. Cahaba River Society’s mission is to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life. For more information, visit www.cahabariversociety.org.
Freshwater Land Trust
As the main architect and keeper of Red Rock Trail System, FLT has developed over 125 miles of the 750-mile plan. FLT’s new Jones Valley Trail Extension, due to be completed by the end of 2021, will connect downtown Birmingham to Avondale’s 41st Street South. For more information, visit www.freshwaterlandtrust.org.