Land Aid 10 is here! Here’s why you should go!
![Pete Yorn at Land Aid](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2018/09/Pete-Yorn-Land-Aid-Hannah-Tillman.jpg) *
For the past decade **[Freshwater Land Trust](https://www.facebook.com/FreshwaterLandTrust/)** has held its musical fundraiser **[Land Aid](https://www.facebook.com/events/1065095153650537/)**. This year’s concert is headlined by Birmingham’s own **[Will Stewart](https://www.willstewartmusic.com/)** and will also feature music by [The Green Seed](https://www.facebook.com/thegreenseed/)* and *[Rebecca Egeland](https://www.facebook.com/rebeggmusic/)* Music. Past years have featured The Wild Feathers, Pete Yorn, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones!
##What Does Freshwater Land Trust Do? ![Canoeing Down the Cahaba River](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2018/09/Freshwater-LT-Tom-Cosby-1.jpg) *
So we all love a good concert, but it’s all the better when the proceeds go to a great cause! **[Freshwater Land Trust](https://www.instagram.com/freshwaterlandtrust/)** does a lot more than most people realize. One of their primary goals is to promote the conservation and stewardship of Alabama’s rivers and the ecosystems thriving within them. ![Cahaba River at Limestone in Bibb County](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2018/09/Cahaba-River-Bibb-Co.-1.jpg) *
While I attended the University of Montevallo, I spent many a weekend floating down the Cahaba River just down the road from the now famous (or infamous) *["S Town”](https://stownpodcast.org/)*. It is one of the most relaxing ways to spend an afternoon. **[Freshwater Land Trust](http://freshwaterlandtrust.org/blog/)** works to insure that these waterways remain safe for us to swim, fish, and play in. They do this by focusing on a number of different *[watersheds in the state.](http://freshwaterlandtrust.org/conservation/)*
##A 750 Mile Journey ![High Ore Line Trail Red Rock Trail System](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2018/09/Red-Rock-Trail-System-Jake-Hallwell.png) *
The most ambitious project that Freshwater Land Trust has undertaken is connecting the Red Rock Trail System. When complete, the greater Birmingham area will have a 750 mile interconnected trail system! That means you could walk/hike/run/bike the length of California’s scenic Hwy 1 without leaving the trailway! Many of these trails are already in place and are just waiting to be connected. From Pepper Place, to the newly extended Vulcan Trail, to Red Mountain Park, this is a project of epic proportions that is strengthening our community connections!
Make a Difference by Having Fun!
With such an important mission, Freshwater Land Trust needs us to come together as a community to help them succeed. This can be done by making a donation, bringing some friends with you to the enjoy an incredible Land Aid 2018 concert, or doing something as simple as helping to spread the word about the amazing work that this organization does. (That’s right! Hit those “Share” buttons!)
Land Aid 10 will be held at Avondale Brewing Co. on Friday, Sept. 14. The gates open at 6pm and the music starts up at 7pm! Tickets are just $15, BUT if you buy them in advance (HERE) they are only $10! This year’s presenting sponsors are Alabama Power and Greener State.
We hope to see you there having a great time for a great cause!