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presented on behalf of

Presented on behalf of:

Forever Wild Land Trust

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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F

orever Wild

A State Government program to purchase land for use as…

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A State Government program to purchase land for use as…

Nature Preserves

Recreation Areas

State Parks

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A State Government program to purchase land for use as…

Nature Preserves

Recreation Areas

State Parks

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A State Government program to purchase land for use as…

Nature Preserves

Recreation Areas

State Parks

Wildlife Management Areas

b ackground
Background

Voted in as Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543 in 1992

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Background

Voted in as Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543 in 1992

Passed by 83% of the votes

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Background

Voted in as Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543 in 1992

Passed by 83% of the votes

Program Funding Life: 1992-2012

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$

Funding

$

10%

(not to exceed

$15 million/year)

$

Land Acquisitions become a

component of the Alabama Trust Fund

$

$

$

90%

$

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Funding

Sunset clause ends Funding in

2012

forever wild board of trustees
Forever Wild Board of Trustees

15 voting members

  • One member shall be the Commissioner of the Department [ADCNR] who shall also serve as Chairman of the Board.
  • One member shall be the State Forester.
  • One member shall be the Executive Director of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium.
  • Three members which shall be appointed by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from Departments of Biology, Zoology, Environmental Sciences and Wildlife Science from eligible four-year institutions of higher education in Alabama.
  • Nine members from each of the three geographical regions of the State nominated by three groups representing different interests and to serve 6 year terms
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Partners

  • The Nature Conservancy of Alabama
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Alabama Lands Trusts
  • The Alabama Wildlife Federation
  • The Attorney General’s Office
    • Environmental Section
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act: USFWS
  • National Coastal Wetlands Program: USFWS- Forest Legacy Program: USFS-
  • Coastal Impact Assistance Program: NOAA Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program: NOAA

Thamnophis s. sirtalis – Eastern Gartersnake

a cquisitions
Acquisitions
  • 72 Acquisitions (fee simple & long term recreation leases)
  • 23 Counties
  • 209,874 acres
  • $126.8 Million in property values (at time of purchase)
m anagement policy
Management Policy

Multiple Use Philosophy

  • Nature Preserve
  • Recreation Area
  • State Park
  • Wildlife Management

hiking, fishing, nature study, outdoor education, bird watching, hunting, photography, camping...

Walls of Jericho Tract

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Management Policy

Multiple Use Philosophy

  • Nature Preserve
  • Recreation Area
  • State Park
  • Wildlife Management

hiking, fishing, nature study, outdoor education, bird watching, hunting, photography, camping...

Mobile Tensaw Delta

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Management Policy

Multiple Use Philosophy

  • Nature Preserve
  • Recreation Area
  • State Park
  • Wildlife Management

hiking, fishing, nature study, outdoor education, bird watching, hunting, photography, camping...

Grand Bay Savanna Tract

l and stewardship

Land Stewardship

Habitat Restoration

  • Prescribed fire
  • Invasive species control
  • Native species reintroduction
  • The Wehle Tract
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Land Stewardship

Habitat Restoration

  • Prescribed fire
  • Invasive species control
  • Native species reintroduction
  • Hydrology restoration
  • The State Cattle Ranch
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Land Stewardship

Habitat Restoration

  • Prescribed fire
  • Invasive species control
  • Native species reintroduction
  • Hydrology restoration
  • Mobile Tensaw Delta
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Land Stewardship

Habitat Restoration

  • Prescribed fire
  • Invasive species control
  • Native species reintroduction
  • Hydrology restoration
  • Grand Bay Savanna
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Land Stewardship

Resource Protection & Law Enforcement

  • Land Stewardship Officer Brandon Honeycutt
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Land Stewardship

Timber management

  • Coosa WMA Tract
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Educational Opportunities

Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects

Mobile Tensaw Delta

Auburn University Student & Keith Gauldin

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Educational Opportunities

Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects

Mobile Tensaw Delta

Auburn University Student & Jeremy Doss

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Educational Opportunities

Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects

Jacinto Port Tract

University of South Alabama Graduate Students

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Educational Opportunities

Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects

Walls of Jericho Tract

University of Alabama Huntsville Students

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Acquisitions
  • 72 Acquisitions (fee simple & long term recreation leases)
  • 23 Counties
  • 209,874 acres
  • $126.8 Million in property values (at time of purchase)
g untersville state park additions
Guntersville State Park Additions

Monsanto

  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • Nesting Habitat for Growing Population of Bald Eagles
  • 209 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #1
  • Located on Lake Guntersville in Marshall County
  • September 13, 1994

Eagle Roost View

  • Secured Public View of Bald Eagle Roost Habitat
  • 17 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #13
  • February 4, 1999

Haliaeetus leucocephalus-

Bald Eagle

t he wehle tract
The Wehle Tract
  • Recreation & Wildlife Management Area
  • 1,505 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #2
  • Bullock County
  • October 28, 1994

Procyon lotor- Raccoon

Gopherus polyphemus

Gopher Tortoise

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Coon Creek
  • Recreation & Nature Preserve
  • 320 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #3
  • Located on Yates Lake in Tallapoosa County
  • February 1, 1995
  • Environmental Education Study Area
  • Flora published 2008, 503 species

Terrapene carolina Eastern Box Turtle

Argiope aurantia

Banded Garden Spider

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Grand Bay Savanna

  • Nature Preserve
  • Extensive habitat restoration through CIAP
  • $2 million in Federal grants
  • 5,151 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #4, 24, 38, & 56
  • Located onshore of the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile County
  • May 7, 1996, November 18, 2002, June 30, 2004, & December 20, 2006

Cambarus sp.

Crayfish

Sarracenia sp.

Pitcher Plant

l owndes wma additions
Lowndes WMA- Additions

The Riggins & Big Swamp Creek Tracts

  • Wildlife Management Area
  • 624 acres & 1,343 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #5 & 69
  • Lowndes County
  • September 26, 1996 & August 21, 2009

Ardea herodias- Great Blue Heron

Hibiscus moschuetos

Crimson eyed Rosemallow

Actias luna- Luna Moth

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Fort Toulouse

  • Recreation
  • 254 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #6
  • Located along the Alabama River in Elmore County
  • May 27, 1997
  • Historic Preservation and Research Opportunities in the development of Native American cultures, the interaction between Indian and European cultures and the development of the State of Alabama

Thryothorus ludovicianus

Carolina Wren

Archilochus colubris- Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Indian Mountain

  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 594 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #7 & 18
  • Cherokee County
  • September 18, 1997 & December 3, 2001
  • Facilitates long-distance hiking through the connection of the Pinhoti Trail in the Talledega National Forest of Alabama with the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Wood Thrush nest

Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus

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Blakeley Addition

  • State Park
  • 420 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #8
  • Located on the edge of the Mobile Delta marshlands in Baldwin County
  • January 28, 1998
  • Historic Preservation of tract used by prehistoric Indian societies, European pioneers, early American settlers, Civil War soldiers and generations of farmers

Heliconius charithonia

Zebra Butterfly

Bubo virginianus- Great Horned Owl

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Blowing Springs Cave

  • Habitat Conservation & Nature Preserve
  • Cave Habitat vital to the Conservation & Protection of the Threatened Gray Bat
  • 60 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #9
  • Lauderdale County
  • April 15, 1998
m onte sano state park huntsville trail system additions
Monte Sano State Park & Huntsville Trail System Additions
  • Recreation & Nature Preserve
  • 197 acres, 40 acres, 340 acres, & 154 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #10, 35, 53, & 59
  • Madison County
  • September 4, 1998, February 20, 2004, July 23, 2006, & February 6, 2008
  • Big Cats Creek & Periwinkle Spring supports a small population of federally listed wildflowers
  • Certain Tract has one of the only permanent springs in that portion of the mountain, and also supports a small population of rare plants
  • MSP-North Slope Addition hosts the Mountain Mist Trail which winds it way around Monte Sano Mountain

Eurycea lucifuga –

Cave Salamander

Trillium stamineum – Twisted Trillium

c oldwater mountain
Coldwater Mountain
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 3,924 acres, 280 acres, & 20 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #11, 32, & 50
  • Calhoun County
  • October 2, 1998, December 3, 2003, & March 2, 2006
  • Protection of local watershed for Coldwater Spring, a unique ecological environment and source of drinking water for local municipalities

Mimosa microphylla- Sensitive Brier

Pityopsis sp.- Golden-aster

Symphyotrichum sp.

Purple Aster

p ike county pocosin
Pike County Pocosin
  • Nature Preserve
  • 190 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #12
  • Pike County
  • January 20,1999
  • Supports two unique plant communities: an uncommon scrub-hardwood/longleaf pine/reindeer moss vegetation type and an unusual evergreen plant community

Pinus taeda

Loblolly Pine

Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper

s ipsey river swamp
Sipsey River Swamp
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 2,998 acres, 280 acres, &153 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #14, 22, & 28
  • Located along the floodplains of the Sipsey River inTuscaloosa County
  • June 14, 1999, August 29, 2002, & April 4, 2003
  • The Sipsey Randolph Tract was purchased, in-part, through a $60,000 conservation award from Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Chryemys picta dorsalis- Southern Painted Turtle

m obile tensaw delta
Mobile Tensaw Delta

Thamnophis sauritus –

Eastern Ribbonsnake

  • 130,000 acres
  • 14 acquisitions
  • June 12,1999 through December 30, 2008
  • $11.6 million in Federal grants
  • Extensive Survey work
  • Unique habitats essential for avian conservation, as well as several rare species of plants and animals
  • MTD-Bayou Jessamine home of Alabama’s State Champion Bald Cypress tree

Alligator mississipiensis – American Alligator

r uffner mountain addition
Ruffner Mountain Addition
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 227 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #16
  • Adjacent to the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Jefferson County
  • June 13, 2000
  • Environmental Education opportunities

Myiarchus crinitus

Great Crested Flycatcher

l auderdale and freedom hills wma
Lauderdale and Freedom Hills WMA
  • Wildlife Management Area
  • 35,711 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #20, 43, 45, 46, 58, & 66
  • Multiple locations south & north of the Tennessee River in Colbert & Lauderdale Counties
  • December 28, 2001, March 17, 2005, June 27, 2005, July 20, 2005, December 4, 2007, & December 17, 2008

Caprimulgus carolinensis

Chuck-will’s-widow

w eeks bay nerr additions
Weeks Bay NERR Additions
  • Nature Preserve
  • 110 acres, 113 acres, 11 acres, & 40 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #23, 33, 41, & 68
  • Baldwin County
  • September 26, 2002, January 14, 2004, September 27, 2004, & May 27, 2009
  • Acquired with financial support of USFWS through a $1 million National Coastal Wetlands grant

Stokesia laevis

Stoke’s Aster with Tumbling Flower Beetles

s hoal creek preserve
Shoal Creek Preserve
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 298 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #26
  • Lauderdale County
  • February 26, 2003
  • Purchased, in-part, through a $100,000 Land & Water Conservation Fund grant as well as contributions from the City of Florence & Lauderdale County

Carphophis amoenus Eastern Wormsnake

Lasiurus borealis- Eastern Red Bat

l illian swamp
Lillian Swamp
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 238 acres, 320 acres, & 894 acres
  • Forever Wild Tracts #29, #31, & 54
  • Baldwin County
  • August 19, 2003, November 8, 2003, & September 12, 2006
  • Adjacent 406 acres CIAP, 640 acres DOT, & 438acres Mental Health Trust Land

Celithemis elisa-

Calico Pennant Dragonfly

s plinter hill bog
Splinter Hill Bog
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation
  • 363 acres & 265 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #30 & 40
  • Baldwin County
  • September 24, 2003 & September 24, 2004
  • Adjacent 731 acres CIAP & 750 acres TNC

Hyla femoralis – Pine Woods Treefrog

Sarracenia leucophylla White-top Pitcher Plant

Platanthera ciliaris

Yellow Fringed Orchid

Veratrum virginicum

Virginia Bunchflower

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Nature Preserve, Recreation, & Wildlife Management Area

15,827 acres

Forever Wild Tract #34, 36, 52, & 60

Jackson County

February 5, 2004, February 26, 2004, May 16, 2006, & February 28, 2008

$2.4 million in Federal grants

Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander

Walls of Jericho

Trichostema setaceum Blue Curls

Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog

Etheostoma rufilineatum

Redline Darter

Villosa taeniata

Painted Creekshell

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State Park Addition

45 acres

Forever Wild Tract #39

Dekalb County

July 16, 2004

Knotty Pine

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Nature Preserve & Recreation

462 acres & 48 acres

Forever Wild Tract #42 & 47

Jefferson County

December 15, 2004 & September 28, 2005

Cooperatively managed with the Black Warrior Cahaba Rivers Land Trust, the City of Pinson, and local citizens groups supporting the conservation of the Turkey Creek Watershed

$800,000 grant from State Wildlife Grant Program

Turkey Creek

Toxostoma rufum

Brown Thrasher

p erdido
Perdido
  • Nature Preserve, Recreation, & Wildlife Management Area
  • 18,000 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #48 & 55
  • Baldwin County
  • January 18, 2006 & December 20, 2006
  • Partners TNC, CIAP, FLP, SLD, CELCP
  • $7.5 million in Federal grants

Farancia erytrogramma erytrogramma

Rainbow Snake

Asclepias longifolia- Longleaf Milkweed

Gopherus polyphemus

Gopher Tortoise

Lilium iridollae Panhandle Lily

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Coosa WMA Tract

  • Nature Preserve, Recreation, & Wildlife Management Area
  • 9,746 acres
  • Tract #57
  • Coosa County
  • October 25, 2007
  • Hosts one of the last remaining populations of red-cockaded woodpeckers outside of Alabama’s National Forest system

Picoides borealis- Red-cockaded Woodpecker

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Cathedral Caverns-Kirkland

  • State Park addition
  • 20 acres
  • Tract #62
  • Marshall County
  • April 11, 2008
s tate cattle ranch
State Cattle Ranch

Asclepias asperula Antelope Horn Milkweed

  • Recreation & Nature Preserve
  • 2,031 acres & 1,311 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #63 & 65
  • Located between drainages of Big German Creek in Hale County
  • April 23, 2008 & August 22, 2008
  • SLD 646 acres
  • Numerous Recreation opportunities that include field trial sites and handicap hunting stations

Mycteria americana- Wood Stork

Papilio glaucus-Tiger Swallowtail

o ld cahawba prairie
Old Cahawba Prairie
  • Nature Preserve & Recreation??
  • 3,007 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #70
  • Located between drainages of the Cahaba River and Big Swamp Creek in Dallas County
  • August 29, 2009
  • Adjoins the historic grounds of Old Cahawba, Alabama’s first state capital site

Ratibida pinnata- Gray Head Coneflower

m ulberry fork wma
Mulberry Fork WMA

Necturus alabamensis

Black Warrior River Water dog

  • Wildlife Management Area
  • 33,280 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #71
  • Walker & Tuscaloosa Counties
  • October 15, 2009
  • 94 year recreation lease

Lepomis megalotis

Longear Sunfish

c ahaba river wma
Cahaba River WMA
  • Wildlife Management Area
  • 27,894 acres
  • Forever Wild Tract #72
  • Shelby & Bibb Counties
  • October 15, 2009
  • 94 year Recreation lease
p hotographers
Photographers
  • John Trent
  • Garth Crow
  • Nick Sharp
  • Mark Bailey
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Keith Gauldin
  • Jeremy Doss
  • Eric Soehren
  • Jo Lewis
  • David Lewis
  • Ashley Peters
  • Wayne Barger
  • Brian Holt
  • Courtney Graydon
  • Greg Lein
  • Jody Thompson
  • Other Friends and Partners
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You can help purchase and manage land that will remain Forever Wild by buying an attractiveForever Wildtag for your vehicle(s). Tags are available at all county courthouses and annexes and you can personalize your tag at no additional cost.