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Mobile River Basin

The Mobile River basin is the sixth largest watershed in the United States, with the fourth largest freshwater inflow, receiving drainage from almost two-thirds of Alabama and portions of Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Sitting at the southern end is the 3,113,580 acre Mobile Basin Focus Area. Portions of counties that are included in this focus area are Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington, and Wilcox. Within the focus area the Tombigbee and Alabama Rivers combine to form the Mobile River that empties into Mobile Bay. Several smaller coastal rivers also flow into the Bay. Species that may benefit from habitat restoration in this area are Alabama beach mice, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, black pine snakes, eastern indigo snakes, Alabama red bellied turtles, manatees, migratory birds (shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl, neotropical migratory songbirds, etc.) and anadromous fish (Gulf sturgeon, Alabama shad, and striped bass), as well as, submerged aquatic vegetation and oysters.



Mobile River Basin Projects


Dog River Coastal Cleanup Program - Bandalong Litter Trap

The Alabama Field Office Coastal Program was proud to contribute to the Dog River Coastal Cleanup Program. Our office helped purchase a Bandalong Litter Trap for Eslava Creek, one of Dog River's main tributaries. According to the Dog River Clearwater Revival President, the trap captured 80-90% of trash entering the river from east of I-65.

     




Pitcher Plant Bog Restoration

September 21, 2012

Approximately 30,000 square meters (7.5 acres) of scrub/shrub underbrush under 8” diameter at breast height was removed from the restoration area via heavy equipment under contract with Alabama Land Clearing, LLC. Seasonally wet conditions limited the amount of acreage that could be mechanically cleared using heavy equipment.

Six Outward Bound volunteers working four hours each assisted with the removal of scrub and shrub species from a 0.5 acre bog area that was too sensitive for mechanical removal.

An initial exotic invasive flora species treatment was completed in the spring of 2011 by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands employees and AmeriCorps personnel on both the Pitcher Plant Bog Tract and the associated Upland Trail Tract, resulting in approximately 80 acres of treated area. A second round of exotic invasive flora species treatment was completed in the summer of 2012 with the assistance of an AmeriCorps team. This treatment covered the same 80 acre area as the first round of invasive exotic flora treatment, plus an approximate additional 40 acres. Species treated were Triadica sebiferum, Imperata cylindrical, and Ligustrum japonicum.

Two prescribed burns were conducted on land associated with existing and/or likely to support pitcher plant bog. The first burn occurred in February of 2011 and was conducted by personnel of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division. The entirety of the 65 acre Upland Trail parcel was prescribed to burn however conditions were not favorable and only the lower, western portion of the Upland Trail tract was consumed. The area that burned was that previously cleared by Alabama Land Clearing, LLC, which demonstrated the benefit of removing fire suppressing hardwoods. This area also consists of the Okenee soil type associated with pitcher plant bog flora.

5. State Lands Division personnel with assistance from an AmeriCorps team conducted a second prescribed burn (June 20th, 2012) on the core fifty five acre Pitcher Plant Bog parcel on the west side of County Road 17.

6. Three feral hog traps were deployed on the Pitcher Plant Bog and Upland Trail Tracts to reduce the damage caused by these non-native fauna. In the summer of 2012 an AmeriCorps team assisted with combining two of the traps into one large trap in the hopes of increasing the catch rate. As fall/winter approaches we expect more movement of feral hog populations and will continue control efforts.


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Last updated: May 5, 2021