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Forever Wild Board will meet in Millbrook on June 11

Sunset on the Tennessee River
Sunset on the Tennessee River in North Alabama. (STOCK PHOTO)

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Thursday that the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will hold its second quarterly meeting of 2020 on June 11.

The board will meet at the Alabama Nature Center at 3050 Lanark Rd. in Millbrook. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Lanark Pavilion.

The meeting is being held outdoors to facilitate social distancing guidelines for both board members and attendees.

To help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, attendees are encouraged to maintain a constant distance of 6 feet from others and to wear a mask during the meeting.

Attendees should also follow any additional instructions provided at the meeting. The pavilion is covered. However, attendees are encouraged to dress casually, due to the likelihood of warm temperatures meeting outside in Alabama in June.

At this meeting, updates on Forever Wild program activities and tract assessments will be presented. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program to address the board.

The public is invited to attend this meeting and is encouraged to submit nominations of tracts of land for possible Forever Wild program purchase. Written nominations may be submitted by email to
[email protected]. Or by letter to: The State Lands Division, Room 464, 64 N. Union St., Montgomery, Alabama, 36130.

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Nominations can also be made online here.

Quarterly meetings of the Forever Wild Board are held to maximize public input into the program. The program managers believe that only through active public participation can the best places in Alabama be identified and conserved in order to remain forever wild.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act if accommodations are needed, please contact Jo Lewis at (334) 242-3051 or [email protected]. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

The Forever Wild Land Trust acquires land for preservation and public use, with the acquisitions principally designated in one of four categories: nature preserves, recreation areas, state parks or wildlife management areas. Each of the four designations have varying requirements and each proposed acquisition is assessed to determine the best category under which a tract may be purchased. Land is purchased from willing landowners only.

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 their website.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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