State Lands Division Announces Two Days of Free Public Fishing at Forever Wild State Cattle Ranch Field Trial Area

Contact: State Lands, 334-624-9952

Come enjoy a day of free fishing at the Forever Wild State Cattle Ranch Field Trial Area near Greensboro in Hale County. The State Lands Division will open three catfish ponds to public fishing on Saturday, August 29, and Saturday, September 19, 2009. The gate can be accessed from Highway 69 south of Greensboro and north of Highway 80 east of Uniontown. Fishing will begin at 6 a.m. and the gate will be closed at 3 p.m. Anglers ages 16 to 63 must have a fishing license.

The Forever Wild State Cattle Ranch Field Trail Area consists of 3,340 acres of pasture and a mixture of pine-hardwood forest purchased by the Forever Wild Land Trust from the Department of Corrections in the fall of 2008. Historically, the State Cattle Ranch was a working cattle ranch and catfish farm operated by the Department of Corrections. The land was purchased by the Forever Wild Land Trust as a Nature Preserve and Recreation Area. The State Lands Division began work in the fall of 2008 to restore the pasture in native grasses, as well as to work toward opening this Forever Wild tract to organized field trials for retriever, pointing and rabbit dogs. In the fall of 2009, the State Lands Division will begin work on modifying some of the previous catfish production ponds for public bass and bream fishing.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.