Alert...Warning! 29 June 2008.

Birmingham News Article - Forest Could Be Cut

The Fisheries Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is considering cutting many of the mature trees in the Marion Hatchery Woods. The Hatchery Woods make up most of the forest of the Park area. Please look at the wonderful hardwood/pine forest on this web site and realize that in a few months many of the big trees will be gone. This is a nightmare of nature and a tragedy for Perry County and the Black Belt.

The Marion Hatchery/Perry Lakes Park woods ecosystem is the only nature-based recreational area provided by the State in all of Perry County. We don't have a State lake, State park, State nature trail, or anything else. And, now they have told us they may take the big trees.

Rural Studio graduates from Auburn University School of Architecture have spent four straight years and over $300,000 construction projects in the Park. The covered bridge and the 100 ft. tall birding tower are cultural and recreational treasures for the Park and for Perry County.

Ecotourism has great potential in Perry County but who wants to come visit a Park and see the stumps of big trees. Perry County people will certainly appear ignorant about recognizing and protecting their natural resources if the big trees are turned into stumps.

Please help save the entire Perry Lakes Park ecosystem. Write Governor Riley and Commissioner Lawley and ask them to please...Don't Cut the Trees in the Marion Hatchery/Perry Lakes Park Woods. Time is running out. The big trees will be gone forever if YOU and I don't do something. Thomas Wilson

Governor Bob Riley, State Capitol, 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36130 (334-242-7100)

Commissioner Barnett Lawley, Ala Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, 64 N. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130 (334-242-3486)
Contact: Thomas Wilson, 334-683-6389 (H)