The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) State Lands Division has scheduled four Open Woods Weeks at the Forever Wild Land Trust’s Sipsey River Swamp Recreation Area and Nature Preserve. This beautiful tract is located in Tuscaloosa County near Buhl, Ala., off State Highway 82. It consists of more than 3,000 acres of beautiful bottomland forest along the Sipsey River. The Sipsey River watershed is one of Alabama’s 10 Natural Wonders.
Open Woods Weeks are currently scheduled for: July 20-29 , August 10-19, September 7-16, and October 5-14. During Open Woods Weeks, the main gate will open on Friday at 4 p.m., stay open through the following week, and close on Sunday at 4 p.m. During each Open Woods Week, the public may drive into the tract along the designated main gravel road leading from the Jack’s Drive Parking Area, to the south gate.
Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking and wildlife photography are welcome on these dates. Hiking, bicycle riding and horseback riding are discouraged on these dates, because of the increased vehicular traffic along the main road.
The Forever Wild Land Trust has purchased more than 227,000 acres for public protection and recreation since the program began in 1992. Developed in response to the loss of land available to the public for hunting and outdoor recreation, Forever Wild has protected over 197,000 acres in 14 Wildlife Management Areas. This November, Forever Wild needs your vote to continue its work for our state and its residents.
Funding for the Forever Wild Land Trust is generated by the interest earned from natural gas royalties, which means that tax dollars are not used to fund this public service. Most of the people who will vote against Forever Wild will do so out of ignorance as opposed to malice. Why has Forever Wild garnered consistent bipartisan support among knowing voters? The following printable briefs can be read and shared with fellow Alabamians.
To see and visit what Forever Wild has saved for you and your family, check out this map. I've heard there are a number of great geocaches at the Sipsey Swamp.