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19. The Salco and Middle River Tracts
Date of purchase: December 10, 2001
Location: Mobile County; Township 1N, Range 1E parts of Sections 52, 29, 30, 31, 32 and Township1S, Range 1E parts of Sections 34, 48, 38, 3, 40, 27
The Salco and Middle River Tract in Mobile County consists of 1,764 acres of various wetland habitats in the west-central portion of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta; just north of Interstate 65. A $1,000,000 grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Program permitted this purchase of unique habitats essential for avian conservation, as well as several rare, threatened species of plants and animals.
The Mobile Tensaw Delta is the Nations second largest river delta. This highly productive delta provides habitat for the rare red bellied turtle, herons, kites, water snakes and game fish. The delta has over 50 rare and endangered plant and animals known to inhabit its vast bottomlands, wetlands, and waterways. When the delta is not flooded it provides opportunity for canoeing, fishing, bird watching and nature study. An extensive canoe trail is being planned to provide over 100 miles of optional routes for day and overnight trips. Camping is permitted in designated areas.
The Salco property can be accessed from the Mobile River. The Middle River Tract is accessed from the Middle River and Bayou Matche.