Friday, January 27th, 2023
Friday, January 27th, 2023

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AL: Open Woods Weeks Announced for Forever Wild’s Sipsey River Swamp Recreation Area and Nature Preserve

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
(ADCNR) State Lands Division has scheduled six Open Woods Weeks at
the Forever Wild Land Trust’s Sipsey River Swamp Recreation Area
and Nature Preserve. This beautiful tract is located in Tuscaloosa
County near Buhl, Ala. off State Highway 82. It consists of over
3,000 acres of beautiful bottomland forest along the Sipsey River.
The Sipsey River watershed is one of Alabama’s 10 Natural
Wonders.

Open Woods Weeks are scheduled for June 10-19, July 8-17, August
12-21, September 9-18 and October 7-14.

During Open Woods Weeks, the main gate will open on Friday at 4
p.m., stay open through the following week, and close on Sunday at
4 p.m. With the exception of the October dates during which the
gate will close Friday, October 14 at 4 p.m. During each Open Woods
Week, the public may drive into the tract along the designated main
gravel road leading from the Jack’s Drive Parking Area, to the
south gate.

Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife photography
are welcome on these dates. Hiking, bicycle riding and horseback
riding are discouraged on these dates, because of the increased
vehicular traffic along the main road.

The designated Open Woods Weeks are subject to the river not
being in flood stage. In the event that the Sipsey River is out of
its banks and flooding the roads on the Sipsey Tract, the event
will be canceled and re-scheduled for a later date.

The Forever Wild Land Trust has purchased more than 220,000
acres for public protection and recreation since the program began
in 1992. It is supported in part by a special Forever Wild car tag
available at all probate offices. The tag features several birds
including a bald eagle, ducks and a great blue heron.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s
natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine
Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries. To learn more about the Forever Wild Program, visit
www.alabamaforeverwild.com.

 

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