A Conservation Celebration
The Nature Conservancy and partners celebrate a public-private partnership for land acquisition on Alabama’s coast to benefit people and nature.
Mobile, AL | October 20, 2017
Land conservation contributes to Alabama’s economy by maintaining the scenic beauty of the state, improving quality of life for residents, and enabling the state to attract and retain new businesses and high-quality workers. Access to conservation lands is important to Alabamians, as at least 57 percent of Alabama residents participate in outdoor recreation each year—and now 2,460 acres have been added to Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust program.
(left to right) Day of Event Speakers: Charles McCray (NFWF), Chris Blankenship (ADCNR), Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Roger W. Mangham (TNC), and J. Schley Rutherford, Jr. (TNC) © The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy and partners announced the acquisition of this land in south Mobile County in October. The acquisition connects conservation lands from Alabama’s Grand Bay Savanna to part of the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi—more than 26,500 combined acres. Governor Kay Ivey spoke at the celebration, calling the day a “high, high moment in the state of Alabama’s history.”
Partners and Event Speakers, together with Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey. © The Nature Conservancy
“Alabama is truly blessed with natural resources and diversity. This natural beauty and our abundant wildlife and outdoor resources, very definitely, positively impact our economy,” said Ivey. “This addition serves as a keystone piece for the Forever Wild Land Trust’s remarkable Grand Bay Savanna Complex. And, this project truly exemplifies how wonderful the Forever Wild program has been for the great State of Alabama since being established in 1992. Furthermore, this project is the culmination of decades of persistent partnerships between state agencies, federal partners and conservation groups.”
A crowd gathers to celebrate a new land acquisition in south Mobile County, Alabama. © The Nature Conservancy
This acquisition was made possible through a partnership made up of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Forever Wild Land Trust, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Regions Bank, Sybil Smith Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
Partners and friends gather to celebrate a new land acquisition in Alabama.© The Nature Conservancy
Since its inception, Forever Wild has received significant bipartisan support.
Downloads for Media
- Video: AL Grand Bay Savanna without Logo
- Video: AL Grand Bay Savanna with Logo
- Photos of the Property (Credit The Nature Conservancy)
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.