Places we protect

On one side of the bay, pristine properties create a conservation corridor with public access on a river. Across the bay, a habitat where rare pitcher plants flourish comes back to life. Beauty is everywhere.

Protecting land that protects our quality of life

In its 30-year history, South Alabama Land Trust has protected more than 9,500 acres of environmentally-sensitive land and habitat in Baldwin and Mobile counties. These lands will be preserved forever, and will continue to shelter wildlife and marine life, keep waterways clean, and offer the outdoor recreation that define coastal Alabama.

Alta Fish River

In 2019, South Alabama Land Trust acquired a 60-acre parcel on Fish River, just north of the Rio Vista Preserve. Alta Fish River has more than 3,200 feet of river frontage, and helps create a conservation corridor between County Road 48 and County Road 32 in Baldwin County.

Rangeline

The Rangeline property is located at the intersection of Rangeline and Laurendine Roads in Theodore, Alabama, along a tributary to the Deer Fork River. This 70-acre property was once slated to be a subdivision before it was transferred to the South Alabama Land Trust in 2014.

Rio Vista

Get your kayak and camera ready—this Fish River site is a beautiful testament to the importance of watershed health. Located on Fish River in Baldwin County, Rio Vista is a 25-acre nature preserve approximately one mile south of Bohemian Park (on County Road 48).

Crowder

The Crowder conservation easement south of Fairhope covers 160 acres of seasonal wetland as well as uniquely open pine stands with ground coverings of netted chain ferns. The property has an on-site pond and access to Mobile Bay as well as an exceptional location in one of Alabama’s most desired areas, Point Clear.

Laraway

The Laraway conservation easement is a 5-acre parcel adjacent to Baldwin County’s Bohemian Park. The property has frontage on Fish River with historic remnants from the Bohemian settlement established in Baldwin County in the early 1900s. The parcel is part of a flood plain that the Fish River watershed drains into. The landowner wanted this donation to serve as a catalyst for other waterfront owners to create a riparian buffer on Fish River and promote good stewardship of the area’s natural resources. The property exhibits high-quality wetlands. SALT hopes to work with the owner to retain the area’s natural state.

Owen's Bayou

The Owen’s Bayou parcel encompasses 55 acres of mixed hardwood bottomland wetland habitat in an area of high development. This is an important area deserving of protection that provides green space and stream buffer along a main tributary to Wolf Bay.

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary

In 2001, South Alabama Land Trust partnered with the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries (DIBS) to place a conservation easement on 28 parcels owned by DIBS, each of which are birding preserves. This added an additional layer of protection so the land would have highest and best use as birding preserves. Dauphin Island has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as one of the top four migratory birding stop-over sites in the United States. Our goal is to assist DIBS in providing long-term protection and stewardship of the preserves, along with the wetlands, plants and wildlife.

Bailey's Creek

The Bailey’s Creek Preserve, 18.5 acres in Point Clear, Alabama, was donated to South Alabama Land Trust in 2007 by the developers of The Boardwalk at Bailey’s Creek subdivision, to which it is adjacent. Bailey’s Creek Preserve is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas of Caldwell Swamp, and features a forested wetland and maritime forest. Prior to the Clean Water Act of 1972, a drainage ditch was constructed on the property to drain the wetlands. Additionally, a man-made canal was constructed in the adjacent subdivision to give the residents water access. This canal drains into Bailey’s Creek which, in turn, drains into Mobile Bay.

McAleer

The South Alabama Land Trust-owned 11-acre McAleer property is located on County Road 17 adjacent to the Weeks Bay Reserve Pitcher Plant Bog. The undeveloped shoreline on this property provides natural scenery, erosion control, and storm resiliency for properties around it, as well as habitat for roosting egrets and herons. Frontage on Fish River also provides water access for reptiles and amphibians.

Oyster Bay

The City of Gulf Shores partnered with South Alabama Land Trust in 2020 to preserve 836 acres surrounding Oyster Bay. This environmentally-sensitive land consists of wetlands, coastal habitats, and wildlife species. In addition to protecting it from development, conserving this land will protect the water quality in the surrounding waterways.

Crescent Point

Along the western boundary of Weeks Bay sits 4 acres of marshlands and coastal wetlands that provide pristine nesting grounds for fish, shrimp, and crabs, as well as breeding grounds for migratory and shoreline birds. Having never been commercially developed, this land has no man-made structures other than the canal.

Juniper

Home to numerous pitcher plants and white-fringed orchids, this 32-acre property in Summerdale, Alabama, has been restored to its natural beauty, thanks to a dedicated group of SALT volunteers.

Stone Creek

In 2011, 181 Properties (Rance Reehl and Pat Achee) donated a 26.1-acre parcel in Stone Creek parcel to South Alabama Land Trust. This mostly woody wetland along the Cowpen Creek corridor provides long-term protection and stewardship of the wetlands along Cowpen Creek. The property is in close proximity to Stone Creek Village, Stone Creek Subdivision, Quail Creek Golf Course ,and Alabama State Highway 181.

Bon Secour Bay

This 11.5-acre parcel near Bon Secour Bay was donated to South Alabama Land Trust in 2002. The property consists of woody and emergent herbaceous wetlands and has tidal influence due to a small tidal inlet that flows through the middle of the wetland parcel and on to Weeks Bay. These wetlands serve a critical role in protecting the high-quality tidal wetlands on the property. The parcel also serves as potential habitat for animals such as the Alabama red-bellied turtle and the eastern indigo snake.

Wirtes

This 100.3-acre conservation easement was donated to South Alabama Land Trust in 2011. The land adjoins a Baldwin County access to Mobile Bay on County Road 1 in Fairhope, Alabama, and contains historic remnants from the Naval Store turpentine industry that once dominated South Alabama. There are high-quality forested wetlands throughout the property that serve a critical role in maintaining the vast biodiversity found in Baldwin County. The protection of these wetlands also conserves the Caldwell Swamp area. The property owner wished for this donation to serve as an example to other land owners who were considering donating a conservation easement. It was the first conservation easement SALT accepted.