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  1. Presented on behalf of: Forever Wild Land Trust Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

  2. F orever Wild A State Government program to purchase land for use as…

  3. A State Government program to purchase land for use as… Nature Preserves

  4. A State Government program to purchase land for use as… Nature Preserves Recreation Areas

  5. A State Government program to purchase land for use as… Nature Preserves Recreation Areas

  6. A State Government program to purchase land for use as… Nature Preserves Recreation Areas State Parks

  7. A State Government program to purchase land for use as… Nature Preserves Recreation Areas State Parks

  8. A State Government program to purchase land for use as… Nature Preserves Recreation Areas State Parks Wildlife Management Areas

  9. Background Voted in as Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543 in 1992

  10. Background Voted in as Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543 in 1992 Passed by 83% of the votes

  11. Background Voted in as Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543 in 1992 Passed by 83% of the votes Program Funding Life: 1992-2012

  12. $ Funding $ 10% (not to exceed $15 million/year) $ Land Acquisitions become a component of the Alabama Trust Fund $ $ $ 90% $

  13. Funding Sunset clause ends Funding in 2012

  14. 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

  15. Land to be purchased from willingsellers, at a price not to exceed Fair Market Value

  16. 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

  17. Acquisitions • 72 Acquisitions (fee simple & long term recreation leases) • 23 Counties • 209,874 acres • $126.8 Million in property values (at time of purchase)

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. Land Stewardship Habitat Restoration • Prescribed fire • Invasive species control • Native species reintroduction • The Wehle Tract

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

  23. Land Stewardship Habitat Restoration • Prescribed fire • Invasive species control • Native species reintroduction • Hydrology restoration • Mobile Tensaw Delta

  24. Land Stewardship Habitat Restoration • Prescribed fire • Invasive species control • Native species reintroduction • Hydrology restoration • Grand Bay Savanna

  25. Land Stewardship Resource Protection & Law Enforcement • Land Stewardship Officer Brandon Honeycutt

  26. Land Stewardship Timber management • Coosa WMA Tract

  27. Educational Opportunities Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects Mobile Tensaw Delta Auburn University Student & Keith Gauldin

  28. Educational Opportunities Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects Mobile Tensaw Delta Auburn University Student & Jeremy Doss

  29. Educational Opportunities Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects Jacinto Port Tract University of South Alabama Graduate Students

  30. Educational Opportunities Field Trips & Graduate Research Projects Walls of Jericho Tract University of Alabama Huntsville Students

  31. Acquisitions • 72 Acquisitions (fee simple & long term recreation leases) • 23 Counties • 209,874 acres • $126.8 Million in property values (at time of purchase)

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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