Perdido River Land Acquisition (Molpus Tract)
State of Alabama
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Engineering and/or Construction
This project will acquire and place in conservation 1,391 acres of coastal habitat on the Perdido River. The Molpus Tract covers more than 4 miles of riverfront on the Perdido River and is immediately south of and contiguous with the Perdido Wildlife Management Area. Of the 1,391 acres to be purchased, approximately 686 acres are upland and 705 acres are wetland. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will own and manage the land. Management will include hydrologic restoration as needed and the use of clearing and prescribed burns over time to return the appropriate acreage to longleaf pine. The project will include recreational improvements to the property, including a canoe/kayak launch that will link this property to the Perdido River Canoe Trail and provide an additional point of access to the river for the public. Signage educating the public about the area’s flora and fauna, the Perdido Wildlife Management Area, and the Perdido River Canoe Trail will also be developed and installed near the launch. Acquisition of the Molpus Tract is strategic because it will place large amounts of acreage into conservation. When considered holistically with publicly held land on the Alabama and Florida sides of the Perdido River, it is an important acquisition in the ongoing effort to place the Perdido River corridor in conservation.