State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas have existed in Alabama since the 1940s. However, to provide for greater habitat conservation and public recreational opportunities, the Forever Wild Land Trust Program created state-owned Nature Preserves and Recreation Areas.
More than two decades after its establishment by constitutional amendment in 1992, the Forever Wild Land Trust has secured more than 268,000 acres of land in Alabama for public use.
CRATA has worked in partnership with Forever Wild to create two beautiful and historic hiking trails at the Yates Lake WMA land tract.
The Forever Wild Gothard-AWF Yates Lake WMA in Elmore County consists of 6,000+ acres of pine-hardwood hills and creek valleys on the western shore of scenic Yates Lake. Habitats include longleaf pine stands and mature hardwood creek bottoms, as well as the protection of three miles of shoreline along the Tallapoosa River.
Credit: The above description includes excerps from the Alabama Forever Wild website. Please visit the Forever Wild website by clicking here.