Tuesday, March 07, 2006



Though it almost never gets mentioned, there is at least one big beautiful area here that definitely needs attention. I've divided it in to three pieces, but all three are contiguous:

1. Black Warrior River below Tuscaloosa county to its confluence with the Alabama. Extensive and rather wide in places, particularly along the Greene/Hale county line, and where Choctaw, Marengo, and Clarke counties all come together. The lowermost portion near the confluence (southern Washington and Clarke counties) is quite broad and impressive.

2. Alabama River below Miller's Ferry lock and dam to the Black Warrior confluence. Narrower except at the lowermost reach, but continuous and long.

3. Upper Mobile river from the confluence to above I-65. A very broad swamp which in combination with the lower parts of the two areas above forms an area of continuous bottomland forest up to 15 miles wide in extreme southern Clarke, southeastern Washington, extreme northeastern Mobile, northwestern Baldwin, and extreme southwestern Monroe counties.

Farther east in Alabama are three areas that are the upstream tips of swamps whose major portions are in Florida:

4. Conecuh River below Brewton

5. Yellow River below highway 65

6. Chocktawhatchee River below Wicksburg


At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill...most of the area north of I65 and south of Carlton, AL was loggged in the 70's and 80's...I visited this area in the fall of 2005 and it still has potential...also north from the Bayway to I65 still has potential too..

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

Thanks for the info. Reports from the Pearl indicate that the species may be able to make use of maturing forest so long as there is enough of it and there is sufficient dead wood. Is this area all timber company holdings?


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