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Conservation Department to Purchase Dauphin Island Wetland
January 15, 2003
Conservation Commissioner Riley Boykin Smith today announced purchase of approximately 20 acres of salt marsh wetlands on
“This property serves as productive habitat for marine and estuarine species,” said Commissioner Smith. “After the purchase is completed, we will enter into a long-term lease agreement with the town of
The wetland habitat is composed primarily of smooth cord grass and black needlerush. The area is important nursery habitat for shrimp, crabs and important fin fish such as speckled trout and redfish.
Funding for the purchase of the property is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP).