DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- Dothan city officials have taken steps that could eventually result in almost 400 acres of land being converted into a natural preserve.
The Dothan City Commission on Tuesday voted to donate 51 acres of land to the Forever Wild Trust, a state conservation program created to acquire land and preserve it for nature trails, public parks, wildlife preserves and other natural uses.
The Dothan Eagle reports that the land donation is contingent on adjacent landowners being willing to sell property to the trust at fair market value. The land is at the site of the old Beaver Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant off Flowers Chapel Road.
The Forever Wild program was created in 1992. Since its inception, more than 220,000 acres have been purchased for the purpose of being preserved.