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17. The Bayou Canot Tract

Date of purchase: November 2, 2000
Location: Mobile County; Township 2S, Range 1E, parts of Sections 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 19 & 20
Acreage: 1,933
The Bayou Canot Tract  in Mobile County consists of 1,933 acres of various wetland habitats in the west-central portion of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta; just south and west of Interstate 65. A $1,000,000 grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Program permitted this purchase of unique habitats essential for avian conservation, as well as several rare, threatened species of plants and animals.
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 Bayou Canot Tract as with many of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta public lands has undisturbed tupelo/cypress and old growth bottomland forests. The waterway edges support various sedge beds and the natural levees support a variety of trees. The interior forest has a large shallow lake. All of this is connected by various streams and bayous. The best access is at the Dead Lake Marina.
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