Alliance aims to spur ecotourism, interest in Alabama delta

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In this Friday, May 16, 2014 photo, a pond and cypress tree are seen at a campground in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Fla. The 250,000-acre Mobile-Tensaw Delta encompasses a remote swath of tangled rivers and swampy marshland that run through much of south Alabama. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson Gabriel)

Several people and groups are joining forces to promote south Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and its natural resources.
    
The formation of the Alabama Delta Alliance was announced at a news conference this week.
    
The alliance aims to support the region and attract tourism.
    
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the delta is “a hugely untapped resource for ecotourism.”
    
The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is home to more than 600 species of fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. With habitats that include huge swaths of swamps, marshes and wetlands, it’s a maze of tributary creeks, rivers, streams and bayous.
    
The Alabama Delta Alliance calls it one of the nation’s largest deltas, and one of the world’s most bio-diverse bodies of water.
    
The alliance also announced a new website about the region at alabamadelta.com.

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