The Brookley property includes 30 acres of wetlands, directly adjacent to Mobile Bay. Such wetland areas are known to be important to the overall ecology of the Bay, inland rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Science has demonstrated that wetlands help purify water quality and mitigate pollution and other human effects. They also protect shorelines from wave action, protect fragile species, and reduce the impacts of flooding and sea-level rise.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rain forests and coral reefs. Wetlands play an integral role in the ecology of the watershed.”
In fact, without wetlands, the rich flora and fauna that we enjoy in the Mobile area would simply not be possible.
The EPA says, “The combination of shallow water, high levels of nutrients and primary productivity is ideal for the development of organisms that form the base of the food web and feed many species of fish, amphibians, shellfish and insects. Many species of birds and mammals rely on wetlands for food, water and shelter, especially during migration and breeding.”
We believe it is vitally important, therefore, that the wetlands be preserved and protected, whatever we do with the remainder of the property.
To further each of these goals, the Foundation will retain 30 acres of wetlands as well as about 10 acres on their periphery.
Both the 10-acre area and the wetlands themselves will be kept free of commercial development and could become the basis of a new, environmentally-friendly urban park in the future.
The prospective buyer of the Brookley property has also expressed their intention to substantially preserve shoreside wetlands on the property that lie outside the main Wetlands Preservation Area. Our combined efforts can ensure this significant and unique environmental asset is preserved and its important habitats protected.