Alabama Underwater Forest Statement of Support

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The Underwater Forest is an area of fossilized cypress trees submerged 60 feet underwater off the coast of Alabama. These trees date back to over 60,000 years ago, and were buried by sediment underwater until 2004, when Hurricane Ivan uncovered it. 

 

This location is a prime candidate to be designated as part of the National Marine Sanctuary System because it provides a unique marine habitat that supports a wide range of biodiversity, similar to that of coral reefs. In addition,

  • The Underwater Forest off of Alabama’s coast is just as valuable (or more) than the 16 other national marine sanctuaries that are currently designated;

  • This effort is non-partisan, has broad support, and reinforces Alabama’s growing eco-tourism industry which supports both our economy and environment; and,

  • While being placed in the sanctuary system will protect the area from adverse impacts, safeguards would be in place to continue allowing research, fishing, diving, and other recreational and commercial activities.

 

Therefore, ___________ supports passage of legislation in the US Congress to designate Alabama’s Underwater Forest as part of the National Marine Sanctuary System. 

If you represent a business, organization, chamber, or civic group and agree with the following statement, please click the button below:
The Underwater Forest is an area of fossilized cypress trees submerged 60 feet underwater off the coast of Alabama. These trees date back to over 60,000 years ago, and were buried by sediment underwater until 2004, when Hurricane Ivan uncovered it. 

 

This location is a prime candidate to be designated as part of the National Marine Sanctuary System because it provides a unique marine habitat that supports a wide range of biodiversity, similar to that of coral reefs. In addition,

  • The Underwater Forest off of Alabama’s coast is just as valuable (or more) than the 16 other national marine sanctuaries that are currently designated;

  • This effort is non-partisan, has broad support, and reinforces Alabama’s growing eco-tourism industry which supports both our economy and environment; and,

  • While being placed in the sanctuary system will protect the area from adverse impacts, safeguards would be in place to continue allowing research, fishing, diving, and other recreational and commercial activities.

 

Therefore, __________________ supports passage of legislation in the US Congress to designate Alabama’s Underwater Forest as part of the National Marine Sanctuary System. 

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