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Magnolia River Land Acquisition (Holmes Tract)

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$4,144,162

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Wetlands/Marshes/Estuaries

Project Description

This project will facilitate the acquisition of the 80-acre Holmes Tract by the Weeks Bay Foundation (WBF) through a fee simple purchase. An appropriate permanent land protection instrument will be placed on the property (i.e., deed restriction, conservation easement), and then the property will be transferred into the permanent ownership of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) with management by the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The Holmes property is one of the largest undeveloped tracts on Magnolia River, accounting for more than 1 mile of water frontage along the Magnolia River and Weeks Creek. Habitats include a small freshwater emergent marsh, bottomland hardwood wetlands fronting the rivers, and upland habitat. WBF and the Weeks Bay NERR will address restoration needs to ensure that the site provides the best habitat for native and endemic species, including migrant land birds and estuarine-dependent fish. Restoration activities could include invasive species control (prescribed burning or other methods), native vegetation planting, and limited erosion control measures. In addition, WBF will work with Weeks Bay NERR to create a long-term management plan and prioritize additional restoration needs, including possible re-creation of longleaf pine savannas, pitcher plant bogs, and marsh and swamp habitat.

Contact

Amy Hunter
(251) 621-1216
Amy.Hunter@dcnr.alabama.gov
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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