Protecting the Paint Rock

One of the Southeast's last free-flowing Rivers

Help protect 91 acres alongside the environmentally-significant Paint Rock River!
$223,000 needed by November 1, 2022

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The Paint Rock River is known as one of the Southeast’s last free-flowing rivers and one of the most biologically diverse in the world with around 50 state- or federally-listed species found within the river and its tributaries. Land Trust of North Alabama has an opportunity to purchase a property in Jackson County, primarily lowland farmland, which includes approximately 2/3 mile of Paint Rock River frontage. The Paint Rock River Valley as a whole is incredibly important in terms of conservation value due to the high diversity of species, particularly aquatic and plant life, found there. By making a gift today, you can help preserve another piece of this incredible river and the life it supports.

$223,000 needed by November 1, 2022

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Future Plans to Protect the Health of the River & Surrounding Environment

A little over 23 acres of the 91-acre property are currently enrolled in a Riparian Forest Buffer program part of the Conservation Reserve Program administered by the Farm Service Agency, which means trees have been planted or preserved alongside the river to provide a buffer for erosion and runoff. In the short term, the Land Trust would maintain this buffer and agricultural use. Future plans for property management would include an extensive wetland restoration project to restore the land to a more natural condition as a bottomland hardwood forest. This transition would conclude agricultural use of the property, which is only marginally productive due to regular flooding, and enhance habitat for wildlife and protection of the river corridor. As a conservation property, it would not be open to public access.

If you have questions about this land preservation effort, please contact us at questions@landtrustnal.org or 256-534-5263.