Preservation and Stewardship
Along Alabama’s Coastal Connection, preserving our natural resources is a number one priority. The variety of waters, miles of shoreline and diversity of plants and animals that thrive there is the cornerstone of our ecosystem, our quality of life and our economy.
As you travel along our highways and shorelines, please consider these practices during your visit:
Avoid walking on vegetation; plant roots hold the fragile dunes together.
Explore away from bird nesting areas. Human presence can frighten adult birds, causing them to leave their young unattended. Also, nests may be located in the ground and camouflaged to resemble the surrounding environment; you can easily step on them.
Dispose of all your garbage properly. You can even pick up others’ trash along the way. Fish, birds, sea turtles and mammals can become entangled in fishing line. Plastic bags floating in the water resemble jellyfish; sea turtles can mistakenly eat them.
Invest in a reusable bag to carry your shopping purchases to avoid using plastic bags. You’ll be stylish and create less waste!
Keep the natural ecosystem intact by avoiding the removal of shells, driftwood or other items you may find during your island explorations.
There are a variety of programs in place to help both residents and visitors take an active role in preservation efforts. Below are two examples. We invite you to get involved.