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21. The Middle River-West Tract
Date of purchase: June 28, 2002
Location: Mobile County; Township1N, Range 1E, parts of Section 52, 29, 30, 31, 32 and Township1S, Range 1E, parts of Sections 34, 48, 38, 3, 40, 27
The Middle River-West Tract in Mobile County adjoins the similarly named acquisition shown under tract #19. This purchase provides an additional 1,423 acres to the complex of wetlands acquired within the Mobile-Tensaw Delta since 1999. This acquisition was assisted by funds secured through the Environmental Section of the Alabama Attorney General's Office.
The Mobile Tensaw Delta is the nations second largest river delta. This highly productive delta provides habitat for the rare red bellied turtle, herons, kites, water snakes and game fish. The delta has over 50 rare and endangered plant and animals known to inhabit its vast bottomlands, wetlands, and waterways. When the delta is not flooded it provides opportunity for canoeing, fishing, bird watching and nature study. An extensive canoe trail is being planned to provide over 100 miles of optional routes for day and overnight trips. Camping is permitted in designated areas.
The Middle River-West Tract can be accessed off the Mobile River and Bayou Matche.