Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust

Alabama’s short coastline in Baldwin and Mobile counties is one of the most beautiful and diverse on the Gulf of Mexico. Its ecosystems and habitats have long supported abundant plant and animal life. But they are very fragile and face recurring danger of destruction from tropical storms and impacts from real estate development. Working with willing sellers, Coastal Heritage buys habitat important to the survival of our most threatened and endangered species such as nesting sea turtles, the Alabama beach mouse, and migratory birds. The properties are then conveyed to habitat management partners like Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

These lands are then held in trust, protecting the habitats in perpetuity, and allowing access to the public for recreational and scenic enjoyment. Coastal Heritage also supports other organizations in their efforts to raise awareness of and restore our coastal resources.


Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust was founded in 1995 with an endowment from a dispute over development of endangered species coastal habitat. Funding for the organization has come from contributions from members, individual and corporate donations, grants, and investment interest. In 2011, Coastal Heritage entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under which it has received, managed and applied funds generated from incidental take permit fees. These fees are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of beach and dune habitat for the Alabama beach mouse on the FortMorgan peninsula.

We need your help

With your membership and/or donation, we can work together to save these vital coastal systems by purchasing critical habitats in coastal Alabama.


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