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Weeks Bay Land Acquisition (Harrod Tract)

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$3,606,900

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

The project will support the Weeks Bay Foundation (WBF) acquiring the 231-acre Harrod Tract through a fee simple purchase, place an appropriate permanent land protection instrument on the property (i.e., deed restriction, conservation easement), and transfer it to the permanent ownership of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, with management by the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The property is one of the largest remaining undeveloped parcels of cypress and gum swamp, marsh, and river shoreline in coastal Alabama and is the largest privately owned tract on the lower Fish River. Located adjacent to protected wetlands, it includes 7,600 feet of Fish River shoreline, as well as frontage along Turkey Branch and Waterhole Branch, two of Fish River's primary tributaries. Multiple smaller bayous (artificially constructed lakes) are also present on the property. The wetlands are composed of fringing salt marsh transitioning into hardwood cypress and gum swamp. The extensive marsh edge provides valuable nursery habitat for a host of estuarine organisms including shrimp, crabs, and fish. Hundreds of species of migratory birds use the habitat, while more than a dozen resident species of shorebirds are found at the edges and within the property, along with a representative array of local wetland flora and fauna. WBF will work with the Weeks Bay NERR to develop a restoration plan for the site. Associated restoration activities--invasive species control (prescribed burns or other methods), native vegetation planting, and erosion control--will be implemented, primarily on the disturbed upland areas ...click on "More Info" link below

Contact

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

None

Affiliated Institutions

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