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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2003 - CRP Project #2001 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #2001
Nature Trail Site Restoration

Fairhope, Alabama

Weeks Bay - photo by Carrie Robertson/GMF
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Fairhope, Alab.

Project name: #2001 Nature Trail Site Restoration Project
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Project location: Fairhope, Alabama
Grant period: June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021
                       (extended to Aug 31, 2021)
Grant amount: $37,580
Project leaders: Eric Brunden and Scott Phipps
                          Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
                         113300 Hwy 98
                          Fairhope, AL 36532
                          (251) 928-9792 phone
                          (251) 928-1792 fax

Habitat: Estuarine forested wetland and tidal marsh

Species Benefiting From Restoration: orchids, shrimp, blue crab, nodding nixie

Acreage Restored: 63 acres of wetlands

History:
Because of past agricultural use of land, the nature trail area has suffered from hydrological alterations, invasive species, and a heavy fuel load.

Project Area:
  • 63 acres total within Weeks Bay NERR (a GEMS site)
  • 25 acres at NE boundary of trail (near visitors center) called Control I is in better condition than nature trail area
  • 20 acres at SW boundary of trail called Control II is in similar condition to nature trail area
Project Goals:
  • restore habitats altered by human activities leading to decreased habitat diversity within reserve and nearby wetlands and uplands
  • increase species diversity in wetland, marsh, aquatic habitat
  • create accessible restoration demonstration around Nature Trail, enabling public participation and education
  • demonstrate detrimental effects of disturbance and benefits of restoration
  • involve educational and volunteer groups and increase public awareness

PROJECT PHOTOS
Click on photo to enlarge

SITE VISIT SLIDE SHOW
    April 2005 - 4 photos

SITE VISIT SLIDE SHOW
    Dec 2003 - 6 photos

SITE VISIT SLIDE SHOW
    Field Work - 11 photos

High school volunteers - click to enlarge
Fairhope High School volunteers

Weeks Bay restoration area - click to enlarge
Weeks Bay restoration area

Restoration project map - click to enlarge
Nature Trail Restoration Project map

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Weeks Bay Foundation

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Weeks Bay - Alabama GEMS

Robertsdale High School and Fairhope High School

Weeks Bay Volunteer Association

University of South Alabama

Auburn University

Mobile County Environmental Planning Department

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Eastern Illinois University

Baker University

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