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The SALT Line - Summer 2021

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THE SALT LINE A Q U A R T E R LY PU B L I C AT I O N O F SOUTH AL A BAMA L AND TRUST Fr i e n d s o 2 N o 2 f We e k s B a y R e s e r l o V 1 2 0 2 r e m m u ve S 1

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OUR HISTORY 1986 2 693 acres of initial protected habitat of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 1990 Weeks Bay Foundation incorporated 1992 YEARS OF PROTECTING COASTAL HABITATS Weeks Bay Foundation s first land acquisition 1993 First land in Baldwin County donated to Weeks Bay Foundation 1997 Acquired Safe Harbor RV Park and Fish River Marina at auction 1998 First land in Mobile County donated to Weeks Bay Foundation 2009 TODAY Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission 700 2009 Members First conservation easement in Baldwin County 9 500 2011 Acres of protected habitat including along the Alabama coastline First conservation easement in Mobile County 2015 11 780 946 Total value of protected land 2 Transferred 143 acres to State of Alabama Forever Wild program

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Board of Directors Chesley Allegri Ellis Allen MD Shawn T Alves Gavin Bender Coley Boone John L Borom PhD Andrew Chason Jordan Collins Kendall Dexter Brett Gaar Daniel R Galbraith David Green Veronica Herndon Bob Holk Warren Hopper Rodney M Kilgore GiGi Lott Walter A Trey Ruch III Louis G Buddy Russell Skipper Tonsmeire Gina Walcott Leslie G Weeks Julie Wiggins DNP Executive Director Connie Whitaker Development and Communications Diana Brewer Land Coordinator Darrel Williams Photo by Gwen Ainsworth Photo by Mason Lamb Executive Director 4 Alabama Coastal BirdFest 5 Health and Nature 6 7 30 Years 30 Supporters 8 9 Bald Eagle Bash 10 11 New land protection on DISL 12 13 Weeks Bay Reserve turns 35 14 15 Invasive cogongrass 16 17 Our Supporters 18 19 Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Katherine Kuhn Freelance Writer Photographer Colette Boehm Cover Photos L Darrel Williams R Rodney Kilgore C Stephen Savage The mission of the South Alabama Land Trust is to protect land and promote environmental education so curent and future residents can enjoy clean water and the marine life wildlife and outdoor recreation that define our area

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Greetings What an exciting year 2021 is turning out to be SALT had one of its most successful Bald Eagle Bash events ever I want to give a hearty thanks to our 38 new sponsors to the many sponsors that have supported this great event year after year to ticket buyers and last but not least to our volunteers As our largest fundraiser the proceeds from the Bash will go a long way in supporting our general operations land stewardship and educational activities It s also an exciting year for Dauphin Island and the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries DIBS Thanks to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NFWF SALT was awarded nearly 2 million to acquire more than 20 parcels on Dauphin Island Lands acquired through this project will be directly deeded to and managed by DIBS with SALT holding conservation easements on the properties Read more about this exciting project on page As our conservation and restoration efforts grow so has our team We are excited to announce the addition of Katherine Kuhn as Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and look forward to all she will bring to our organization In closing I d like to tell you about an insightful little book I recently learned about The Boy the Mole the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy As the characters watched a pair of swans gracefully swimming the words they exchanged stuck with me How do they look so together and perfect asked the boy There s a lot of frantic paddling going on beneath said the horse Isn t that the truth I m sure we ve all experienced that feeling of frantic paddling beneath the surface especially these days I know that SALT has along with many of our partners as we rush to protect land I truly believe we paddle our strongest when we work together Thanks to all of our partners members donors and volunteers who work with us We couldn t do what we do without your ongoing support Connie Whitaker FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 4

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From October 6 9 hundreds of people from across the United States and Canada come to the Alabama Gulf Coast to take guided birding and nature trips boat excursions into the Gulf of Mexico and the MobileTensaw Delta and attend workshops on hummingbirds beginner birding building a backyard habitat planning a national or international birding tour and more Photo by Rodney Kilgore ALABAMA COASTAL BIRDFEST OCTOBER 6 9 bird watching along with the amazing diversity of plants and wildlife in Mobile and Baldwin counties Brewer said she hopes some of the new offerings will appeal to locals as well as the people who travel to BirdFest from outside the region The workshop titled Building a Backyard Habitat can appeal to anyone who would like to transform their yard into a beautiful habitat that attracts birds and other wildlife There will also be a field workshop at Meaher State Park on the Causeway led by two excellent nature photographers who will guide participants on where and how to capture the best nature shots It all happens during the 17th Annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest The birding and nature festival takes place from Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island from Bon Secour to the Mobile Tensaw Delta and points in between Each day is filled with walking trips kayak trips sunset cruises and field workshops Day four of BirdFest includes a free family oriented Bird Conservation Expo on the grounds of Coastal Alabama Community College in Fairhope The headquarters for BirdFest is the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Battleship Parkway In addition to showcasing the abundance of natural habitats and wildlife on the Gulf Coast BirdFest also generates funds to protect those habitats The birds the trees the wildlife they have to have healthy habitats to thrive John Borom founder of BirdFest said Like everyone else in Alabama we are happy to be planning an event for the fall Diana Brewer SALT Development and Communications Coordinator said While the history of BirdFest speaks for itself we are going the extra distance this year to plan new trips and workshops that showcase the beauty and diversity of The BirdFest schedule can be found online at southalabamalandtrust org birdfest Registration opens August 9 and trips and workshops will be filled on a first come first served basis 5

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF NATURE Is This Our Watershed Moment improving health and well being Watershed moment def reaching a place where the landscape turns in a new and different way a defining moment a pivotal moment a turning point But such improvements still pale to the benefits of actually immersing in natural areas Compared to exercise indoors or in outdoor built settings studies show exercise in natural green spaces results in people reporting a greater sense of wellbeing or exhibiting greater concentration or restoration Everybody loves a great view But researchers are finding out more and more that there s actually great value in seeing natural areas particularly in close proximity They could be lifesavers Research also estimates that by 2050 66 percent of the developed world will be urbanized which unfortunately will distance more and more people from nature and undisturbed lands This means the work of SALT and organizations like it are vital in turning the tide at this watershed moment Preservation and restoration can play a crucial role not only in the environmental arena but also in positively impacting people s health Local architect and LEED Fellow Rebecca Bryant has built a company that works with design and construction teams to create healthy buildings and landscapes that conserve energy and resources while fostering a greater connection to the natural world The term Biophilic Design is used for projects that create a greater sense of health and well being for inhabitants by maximizing natural elements The practice has also been found to have beneficial financial implications that result from 6 Natural areas trees in particular have been proven to increase property values and provide numerous valuable ecosystem services Increasing numbers of architects landscape designers and city planners have recognized this and as a result are incorporating natural spaces into their plans Further more and more research is showing that it s not just property and land use concerns that are positively impacted

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by natural areas It s people too Our most valuable asset our health can benefit in many ways Consider these findings from the American Public Health Association People of all ages and abilities enjoy higher levels of health and well being when they have nature nearby Access to nature has been related to lower levels of mortality and illness higher levels of outdoor physical activity restoration from stress a greater sense of well being and greater social capital Another study finds For both adults and children encounters with everyday nature restore the ability to concentrate calm feelings of anxiety and reduce aggression Views of natural settings reduce the number of sick days taken by office workers and decrease hospital patient recovery time Landscape and Urban Planning 1986 These natural elements include trees diverse vegetation local biodiversity and water features among others It s believed that even short visits of five minutes around trees or in green spaces may improve health This growing volume of data is proving that protecting and restoring access to nature can be vital to human health with benefits that include boosting the immune system lowering blood pressure and reducing stress improving mood increasing ability to focus even in children with ADHD accelerating recovery from surgery or illness A study in the United Kingdom actually shows that an increased proximity to trees reduces the amount of prescribed antidepressants Urban street tree density and antidepressant prescription rates A crosssectional study in London UK Chattanooga based physician and Baldwin County native Dr Suzanne Corrington said she sees her support of SALT as a way to help ensure those benefits continue for generations to come Natural areas sustain us she said noting the positive health benefits research has revealed It s important to save what we can Preservation efforts she said are the best ways to do what we can to protect the land and natural resources that benefit us in so many ways Through the support of professionals like Rebecca Bryant and Suzanne Corrington and so many others SALT is making efforts to meet this watershed moment head on and preserve the healing natural areas of south Alabama CB 7

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30 YEARS 30 SUPPORTERS South Alabama Land Trust has thrived for 30 years thanks to hundreds of supporters from volunteers to members and donors to landowners As part of our anniversary celebration we are telling stories of 30 individuals who have put their stamp on local conservation through their time talent or treasure We hope that in reading their stories you will meet an assortment of like minded people who enjoy the abundance of natural resources the land the water and the wildlife in south Alabama and who are doing their part to protect what we have today and for the tomorrows of those who come behind us HANK MINER Hank Miner s life and livelihood revolve around the water From his childhood memories to spending time with his children to expanding his successful business water is a consistent and critical element I grew up about a half mile from Fish River Miner recalled I ve been up and down that river 10 000 times I ve been across Weeks Bay and down Magnolia River 10 000 times Now he spends time with his four children on the water sharing both inland and offshore adventures My Photo by Stephen Savage kids love to fish Hank said We go offshore and snapper fish every chance we get After graduating from Auburn the Fairhope native said he couldn t wait to get home and remembers a conversation with his father upon his return I said Dad there is not a chance I m leaving Fairhope again Miner purchased Sportsman s Marine Outdoor in 1995 The dealership sells and services boats and motors and just this year he added a new location in downtown Fairhope where he sells accessories apparel and battery operated vehicles His business was once again this year a major sponsor of SALT s annual fundraiser the Bald Eagle Bash Miner said his connections to water have fostered an appreciation for the work SALT does to protect local land and subsequently the health of the waterways 8

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Obviously there s a business interest but we like to be involved with good organizations he said We re happy to do it They do good things so we want to be involved Hank said he also appreciates the positive changes his industry has made to lessen its environmental impact One of the great things that s happened in the industry is the advent of the four stroke motor he said noting they are much more environmentally friendly than their predecessor A far cry he recalled from the motors he used when skiing and tubing on the river in his youth CB MICHAEL AND MARGARET NEELY Fairhope residents Michael and Margeret Neely grew up in Mobile As one of five siblings Michael recalls how his father always had him and his siblings on the water shrimping crabbing soft shelling from Fowl River to Mobile Bay You could see clear through to the bottom of the bay he said It was when the Neelys moved back to the area after 25 years in Atlanta that they became aware of what was happening the bay wasn t as clear and there were other environmental issues that were not present almost three decades earlier Photo by Stephen Savage Active community volunteers the Neelys attended a SALT event at the Fish River home of Mac and Gina Walcott in October 2019 and it was there that they got their inspiration to do more Just hearing their story about what they d done to preserve their property was the clincher for us Michael said We left thinking what can we do to better support the work that s being done by others The other thing that got us involved was taking a Delta tour with local naturalist Jimbo Meador Margaret said they love the volunteer and outreach opportunities that SALT makes available They recently attended a tour of SALT s pitcher plant bog where as Margaret described they were able to get up close and see the remarkable plants All of the outreach opportunities that SALT makes available like the kayak tours where you re exposing different people to what we have here helps continued on page 15 9

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PARTY FOR PRESERVATION PRESENTING SPONSOR BOBWHITE SPONSORS BLUE HERON SPONSORS Coastal Land Trust 10 Alabama Power Company Ed and Melinda Aldag Allen Allen and Foster LLP ASF Sandy Myers Baldwin County Sewer Service BancorpSouth The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama China Doll Dixie Lily Foods City of Foley CrowderGulf LLC Daphne Rental Center Employers Administrative Services Inc Erwin Remediation Hargrove Engineers Constructors Hellmich Electric Inc HRG Design Build Solutions Jeff Hudson McCurley Associates Moyer Ford Sales Inc PPM Consultants Saunders Yachtworks South Baldwin Family Practice Steven W Kinsey MD FACS Storage Plus of Baldwin County Inc The Highland Group The Radcliff Schatzman Group at Morgan Stanley Thompson Engineering Volkert Inc Vulcan Inc Weeks Bay Watershed Yours to Protect

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Back from the cancellations of the COVID 19 pandemic the 11th annual Bald Eagle Bash netted a record 82 000 thanks to the generosity of Our outdoor spaclongtime and many new essupporters are the lifeline being together again and raise money for the preservation of our amazing outdoors which grew in importance and relevance during the shutdown LAND IS THE ANSWER With 15 restaurants music by The Marlow Boys and a gorgeous setting on Weeks Bay it was a perfect party on a perfect day to clean air water Co chairs Chesley Allegri and Coley Boone led the mate effortand to puthuman on a party that would both celebrate health food a stable cli HUMMINGBIRD SPONSORS Baldwin County Pulmonary Sleep Medicine Bay Business News Bear Point Harbor Billy s Seafood BlueFish Medical LLC Bryant Bank Buffalo Rock Coastal Outfitters Columbia Southern University Cooper Fence Company Courtney Morris Real Estate Deuel Drug Store Family Medicine Specialists Michael McBrearty MD Father Nature Landscapes Fish River Hideaway Gaillard Builders Gulf Coast Media Harris Vacation Rentals Helmsing Leach Attorneys at Law Ickes Tree Service Josh Wild State Farm Agency JubileeScape Kelly Builders Inc Erling Riis Bill Goodloe for Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance Agency Inc FRIENDS M J Personal Selections LLC Merchants Marine Bank Mh3 Printing Miller s Grand Events Mobile County Wildlife Conservation Association Pinnacle Imports Reed Hays Construction Riviera Utilities SailTime Alabama SmartBank South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Southern View Media Stone Crosby P C Attorneys at Law Stowe s Jewelers TCB Coastal Banking The First ANBA Thom Lott SA Wealth Financial Thomas Hospital Thomas Roofing Construction Trey and Mary Jane Ruch Valere Homes Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects WATERSHED LLC Shawn and Holly Alves CenterState Bank Committee to Elect Kevin Boone Community Bank Ebert Agency Ferguson FirstFour Staffing LLC Guthrie s Goodwyn Mills Cawood LLC Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC Hays Holmes Photography Kaiser Sotheby s International Realty Kaiser Vacation Rentals Jim and Barbara Lenaghan Martin and Mona Lester LuLu s Homeport Marine McCurley Associates Nature Connect Organogenesis Mike and Debbie Quinn Riverview Turf Shoemaker Gynecology Thames Batre Insurance Walter Kirkland and JudY Culbreth See page 19 for the list of Bald Eagle Bash restaurants 11

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PROTECTING ISLAND SUSTAINABILITY Dauphin Island relies heavily on tourism and eco tourism Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier said But the bottom line is we recognize the importance of the environment not only to our economy but to the sustainability of the island The first part of that is recognizing that importance The second part is doing something about it And I m happy to say I think we are doing both That effort comes in many forms for this barrier island town but one important element has been the partnerships with and between other groups that have allowed critical habitat here to be preserved In 2001 South Alabama Land Trust SALT partnered with the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries DIBS to place a conservation easement on 28 parcels owned by DIBS The easements added a layer of protection to ensure the preserved bird habitat would remain intact Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries here on the island does a lot of work Collier noted They ve purchased properties that they felt were critical habitat The town has worked with them and we ve purchased properties for more passive public use This year SALT was awarded a 2 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NFWF to acquire more than 20 parcels on Dauphin Island Lands acquired through this project will be directly deeded to and managed by DIBS while SALT will hold the conservation easements on the properties According to Connie Whitaker executive director of SALT the primary goals of the project to acquire and protect land for long term conservation helps restore and maintain the ecological functions of landscapescale coastal habitats beaches and coastal marshes and increases their viability and resilience against existing and future threats Collier said the funding and resources SALT brings to the table are paramount Photo by Rodney Kilgore DIBS works basically off of donations he said With 12

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property values going up they can t keep up In looking for other funding mechanisms that allow you to have more leverage to acquire properties the trust and other partners certainly play a key role in that Dauphin Island is recognized as one of the most important bird habitats in the country and is part of the Mississippi Flyway one of North America s most important rest stops for migratory birds In addition to the diversity of native birds hundreds of species of migratory birds also stop over on Dauphin Island each spring and fall With the migrations come birders SALT board member and founder of the Alabama Coastal Birdfest Dr John Borom recognizes the protection the easements provide The festival held each October is now in its 17th year and brings hundreds of Photo by Colette Boehm birders to the area during the fall migration This is a wonderful thing Dr Borom said This will ensure that land will remain forever as it is for birds and birders If you don t have some sort of protection things have a way of getting away from us This guarantees that future generations will be able to go into the Audubon Sanctuary and enjoy nature We have to be balanced I think we ve done well Collier concluded It s not just what we re doing here It s the ability to partner with these land trusts that are able to compliment and in some cases facilitate what we re able to do CB WELCOME ABOARD Katherine Kuhn recently joined the SALT teams as Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Katherine lived in multiple states growing up and later found herself wanting to retreat somewhere close to the coast She attended Spring Hill College in Mobile where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Organismal Biology Upon graduation she began a fellowship program with the Alabama Coastal Foundation where she was later hired as the Coastal Relations Coordinator a posiition she held for two years Katherine was a graduate of Mobile United s Connect Mobile Young Professionals class of 2019 In 2020 she completed training in Seattle to become a NOAA Fisheries certified North Pacific Fisheries Observer in Alaska for two terms She now lives in Orange Beach where she enjoys being outdoors drawing and learning about local flora and fauna 13

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WEEKS BAY RESERVE CELEBRATING 35 YEARS This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Weeks Bay Reserve s designation as the 16th National Estuarine Research Reserve NERR under the authority of the National Coastal Zone Management Act On February 25 1986 officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony under the live oak tree near the original trailhead on US Highway 98 west of Weeks Bay Much has happened in the ensuing three and a half decades but throughout its history the Reserve has functioned as a living laboratory for research scientists and students to increase understanding of estuaries and how vital they are to the quality of life we enjoy on the Gulf Coast The Reserve has weathered many storms including hurricanes an oil spill and the pandemic The staff however has been resilient through it all working every day to perform research stewardship education and training to help communities better understand and adapt to ever changing environmental conditions As we celebrate our 35th anniversary we hope you enjoy this Weeks Bay NERR retrospective by the numbers We have a bright future ahead building on the hard work and accomplishments of those who came before us 6 Managers three permanent Pam James 1988 Thomas Mcalpin 1992 L G Adams 1995 and four interim Eleanor Livaudais 1991 Brenda Spivey 1994 Will Underwood 2020 and Angela Underwood 2021 27 tropical weather systems have affected the Reserve since 1986 13 hurricanes 12 tropical storms 2 tropical depressions1 with 5 tropical systems passing within 20 miles of the Reserve Hurricanes Danny 1997 Ivan 2004 Ida 2009 Sally 2020 and Tropical Storm Arlene 2005 1 oil spill Deepwater Horizon Apr 20 2010 Sep 19 2010 26 years of monitoring water quality and weather data through the System Wide Monitoring Program SWMP 9 317 acres of protected habitat in the current Weeks Bay NERR designated boundary 22 online videos of learning content created while the Reserve was closed during the pandemic 14

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30 live video virtual field trips adapted to accommodate post pandemic learning 28 years since the first prescribed burn of the pitcher plant bog in 1993 801 species identified on iNaturalist within Weeks Bay NERR 196 Coastal Training Program CTP workshops since implementation in October 2004 through September 2020 over 12 per annum for 6 159 coastal decision makers accumulating 55 650 training hours 0 5 meter tidal range within Weeks Bay 29 coastal sites currently designated as Reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System as well as 29 graduate students as part of Margaret A Davidson Fellowship throughout the country 75 of U S commercial fish catch and a greater number of recreational fish catch depend on estuaries to provide habitat The Weeks Bay Reserve is managed by the State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Michael and Margaret Neely continued from page 9 us all better understand that if we don t protect the environment there won t be anything left for our children and grandchildren she said It s just a beautiful area Margaret recalled sitting on a bench overlooking the Bay after her mother passed away I thought it s amazing how it soothes the soul In addition to supporting SALT the Neelys are also members of Mobile Baykeeper and the Fairhope Museum and Margaret volunteers with the Eastern Shore Art Center and the Fairhope Public Library DB 15

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COGONGRASS NON NATIVE GRASS IS MAJOR BLOW TO LOCAL ECOLOGY Drive anywhere in Baldwin and Mobile counties in the spring and you re likely to see swaths of flowery white fringed grass lining roadways or dominating entire fields It s called cogongrass and while it may look nice it is anything but wildlife Aside from the race for sunlight the cogongrass root system can be an aggressive competitor by using its sharp growing tip to pierce through much bulkier and established roots The negative implications of cogongrass are made worse by the area s natural processes The longleaf pine ecosystem which once flourished over 90 million acres of the southeastern United States is fire dependent Only a fraction of this ecosystem now remains and what does remain must be managed with the aid of fire if the native wildlife and plant species are to survive As a perennial rhizomatous grass meaning a plant that lives for more than two years and grows modified underground stems capable of sprouting at regular intervals cogongrass has become a formidable invasive species in Alabama At first the Southeast Asian species was used as packing and arrived accidentally but it was later introduced intentionally as a means for erosion control and possible food for horses or cattle The problem cogongrass presents is the intensity at which it burns When left untreated the highly flammable cogongrass will rapidly spread causing a fire hazard severe enough to threaten even the hardiest of tree species Given this fire alone is not an effective way to control cogongrass In fact congress can thrive just weeks after a prescribed burn Because cogongrass burns hotter than most other grasses and shrubs fire effectively Although cogongrass grew quickly and showed potential in erosion mitigation it failed as useful livestock feed which allowed it to spread unhindered Unfortunately the introduction has been a major blow to the ecology of the southeast United States as it wins the battle with many native plants for sunlight and is inedible to most native 16

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aids this exotic grass in killing its competition Fire burns away the above ground fraction of the plant but leaves the bulkier underground rhizomes intact to sprout in a fresh helping of nutrients at the expense of the recently deceased native plants As the destructiveness of cogongrass increases its range the biodiversity of native animals as well as plant species becomes at risk The gopher tortoise for example is a keystone species and an indicator of the health of local upland ecosystems Tortoises can t penetrate the density of cogongrass they are unable to eat it and it eliminates the plants they can eat This combination reduces the habitat of the already struggling gopher tortoise and is a growing contribution to its decline Ecology is forever changing but the rate at which cogongrass is spreading across the southeastern United States does not allow for the adaptations necessary for the current level of biodiversity to remain To counteract this invasion it is 17 important for residents to recognize and differentiate cogongrass from other plant species Positive identification becomes easiest when in bloom The flower seed head is two to eight inches long and is silvery white in color with a fluffy appearance similar to dandelion seeds Cogongrass blooms from late March to mid June depending on weather conditions The grass blades have a midrib that is offcenter and are a green to yellowish green during the growing season often turning reddish during fall and brown in winter The blade length averages three to four foot when left uncut and is renowned for growing in dense patches Treatment of this federally deemed noxious weed can vary depending on the circumstances To learn the best treatment of cogongrass visit https www aces edu blog topics forestry wildlife cogongrass management faq DW

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OUR SUPPORTERS MARCH 1 2021 MAY 31 2021 ANNUAL MEMBERS Legacy Circle 5 000 Michael and Margaret Neely Guardian 2 500 Alan Goldberg and Valerie Head Conservator 1 000 Gavin and Margaret Bender Michael McKown Richard Noblet Steward 500 Beard Equipment Company Becky and Ted Bender Fred and Debbie Diegmann Escambia Sand Gravel Company Inc Catherine Hannahan Edward Inge Pittman Consulting Advocate 250 Reggie and Diana Anderson John Carlton Jordan Collins Mike and Rhonda Creek Michael and Celia Delaney George and Frances Fuller Jack and Marjorie Grace Bill and Elizabeth Higginbotham William and Allison Hixson Richard Holland Ickes Tree Service Kenny and Martha Muscat Phil Norris and Susan Godwin Mark and Nancy Oehler Ron and Laurie Perry Trey and Stephanie Pluscht Erling Riis Peter Soukup and Barbara Comstock Celia Wallace Supporter 100 Chris and Karen Bailey Owen and Genie Bailey Bob and Mary Bender Jeff and Brenda Bledsoe Eric and Christine Brunner Dick and Joan Casey Frank and Teresa Chase Peter and Kara Coats Leslie Colglazier Walter Cook Michael and Gay Culpepper Wayne and Julie Ellzey Valerie Faddis Bill and Robyn Fallin Lee Goodloe David Greene Gene and Katherine Hagedorn Frank and Bettye Sue Hennington Fred and Rebecca Hill Joe and Karen Hocklander Fred Johnson Rosemary C Johnson Bill and Becky Jones Patti Kahn Brooke and Chuck Kelly Sally Locklear Eleanora Mauritson Dianne McFerrin Trip and Lucy McVay Helen and Red Moffat Van and Cellie Morgan Carlton and Judy Niemeyer Anne Pearson John Pickron J Ethan Salsitz Howard Schramm Fred Stimpson Greg and Jennifer Strachan Elizabeth Tonsmeire Robert Wilters Friend 50 Martha Allegri 18 Mary R Andrews Mandy Bezeredi Donald Burton Jr Dan Chatwood Adrian Cook Tully Cruthirds Alainna Elliott Van and Mary Finger Carla Givens Sheri Gordon Christopher Grant Brian Gulsby Patrick Guy Joe Hair Dr Charles Hanes II Slade Hooks Nicholas Jackson Tanner Jones Cameron Lewis Jeremy Little Corey Martin Mack O Matthews Mimi Williams McAleer Jacqueline and Daniel McCants Wes McKenzie Richard and Marilynn Meyer Jamie Day Montgomery Tony Nolfe Terry O Connor Leanne Pearson Amy Peralta Scott Polk Meredith Portman Bill Prendergast Bree Shores Weatherby Stallings Kellie Summerlin John and Ginger Taylor B J Trammell Jessica Walker Greg and Linda Waselkov Kristie Wheeles Suntrease Williams Maynard Mark and Marcia Wyatt

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Monthly Members GENERAL DONATIONS 100 249 UP TO 99 Connie Baggett Jared Busen 1000 4999 Karen Chiasson XXXX Mike and Amy DePriest XXXX John and Kim Estes Sandy Geddes Elizabeth Gilbreath 500 999 Mike XXXXand Carol Gordon Mike and Trish Howell XXXX Rodney and Mary Katherine Kilgore Houston and GiGi Lott 250 499 Paul W Marcinko XXXX Luanne Matson XXXX Edward Panacek Charles and Lucia Partin Melissa Pershina 100 249 Nanette Peturis XXXX Jeff and Donyale Rawson XXXX Randy and Kay Roach John Craig Shaw UP JudyTO Stout 99 XXXX Betty Suddeth XXXX Elizabeth Walker XXXX William Wallace XXXX Angela Waltman Lundy Wilder Les and Martha Farmer XXXX Spring Appeal Up to 99 Quarterly Members XXXX Mac and Michelle Tonsmeire k and Rebecca LaNasa YEAR END APPEAL GENERAL DONATIONS 2 500 4 999 1000 4999 Thomas XXXX and Sharon McPherron XXXX 1 000 2 499 Jubilee B ni 500 999 XXXX 500 XXXX 999 Barry Lee Booth DMD Jolane Edwards 250 499 XXXX 100 249 XXXX Kyle and Suzanne DeLoach Tadd and Anne McVay Dale Emge and Kristin Koppen Gregory Koster Frank and Leila Martin XXXX XXXX TRIBUTE GIFTS XXXX In Memory of Dr Marvin Buddy Taylor XXXX Gaar Joyce Cori XXXXand Lynn Yonge In Memory of Dr Thomas Yancey UP TO 99 Cori and Lynn Yonge XXXX XXXX In Memory of Dr James P Hannahan XXXX Sarah Cannon Andre XXXX Susan Binns XXXX Mr and Mrs Joseph H Bowers Jr XXXX Mr and Mrs Richard Y Bradley XXXX The Brice Family Robert F Burgin III Emily Shea Sarah and Laura Cartusciello TRIBUTE GIFTS West and Boykin Kenneth and Sandra Coolik XXXX Beth and Bob David XXXX Peter and Barbara Frickel XXXX Anne P Hart and Fritz B Mayer XXXX Stephen and Ellen Hale XXXX Mr and Mrs J Madden Hatcher Jr XXXX Carol A Hecht XXXX Julie and Neal Littlejohn Robin and Anna Luce XXXX The John C Martin Family XXXX Faye XXXXand Steve Martin Mr and Mrs William Middleton XXXX Walter XXXX and Ann Miller Frances Morse XXXX David and Tammy Ortega XXXX Mr and Mrs John Page XXXX Nilsson Stokes XXXX The Grogan Group LLC XXXX Jim and Diane Thomas XXXX Mr and Mrs F A Walker Jr XXXX XXXX In Honor of Kristin and Hadley Weaver Jerry and Beth Williamson Lonnie and XXXX Linda Dye and Brock and Miriam Wells XXXX Lacie Maynard XXXX 19 BALD EAGLE BASH RESTAURANTS Blue Marlin Restaurant Cobalt the Restaurant Divine Empanadas Dragonfly Foodbar Ed s Seafood Shed Groovy Goat The Hope Farm Locals at the Alley Master Joe s Outpost 406 Provision Sunset Pointe Tin Tin s Rock n Roll The Little Cakep Shop Warehouse Bakery Donuts BALD EAGLE BASH DONATIONS 500 999 James T Emmett 100 249 Gary and Beth Cumberland Bill Fuller Blanchard and Deborah Marriott Edward Panacek Ernie and Rowena Sewell Burt and Freya Sonenstein UP TO 99 Vera Douglas Lionel Noonan David and Elaine Delaney Elizabeth Gilbreath Mike Healy and Marilyn Mannhard

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Non Profit Org U S Postage PAID Fairhope AL Permit 55 11401 US Highway 98 Fairhope Alabama 36532 251 990 5004 southalabamalandtrust org WHAT S HAPPENING July Date Location TBD Guided Lotus paddle August Date TBD Guided tours of bog white fringed orchids September 1 SALT Photo Contest opens September Date TBD Guided nature walk Fish River October 6 9 Alabama Coastal BirdFest Photo by John Oldshue November 1 SALT Photo Contest closes 20