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Welcome to Cypress Nature Park !

Just 1.25 miles from the Alabama State Capitol Building is an undeveloped wetland composed of many distinct and ecologically diverse habitats. In the pond area you will find ancient river bluffs and deep ravines give way to natural seeps that feed a Tupelo and Cypress swamp. The waters from the swamp flow into the 1.5 mile long Cypress Creek. The creek meanders toward Cypress Inlet where the watershed meets the Alabama River just north of Montgomery’s Riverfront Park. To date, over 100 species of birds and 60 species of trees have been identified in the park. Cypress Nature Park currently is not open to the public, although tours can be arranged on an individual or small group basis by clicking here.

 

Cypress Nature Park Timeline


2002 First Cypress Creek and Pond Walkabout led by “Captain” Pat Dozier for members of the Montgomery Tree Committee (MTC) and the public.

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2003 Second annual Cypress Creek Walkabout and “Great American Cleanup” held for the public. MTC begins work with the Montgomery Clean City Commission to write a Kodak Foundation grant for a study of the creek & pond. Montgomery County purchases 260 acre pond site for new City/County jail.

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2004 Cypress Creek Walkabout & Clean-Up becomes an annual event. MTC establishes Cypress Creek & Pond subcommittee and adopts Cypress Creek as an official project. Local neighborhood objects to the new jail site. MTC asks County to consider mitigation banking for the pond area. Kodak funded Feasibility Study proposed a “Cypress Pond & Creek Walking Trail”, completed by Dr. Elisabeth Sheldon of SITE. INC.

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2005 MTC develops proposal to Montgomery County to sell site since jail location is rejected by citizens.

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2006 MTC prepares proposal to Montgomery County to offer the 260 acre site for sale to Forever Wild as a park. County agrees and MTC sends proposal. MTC applies to the World Wildlife Fund for a study grant of Cypress Creek. Cypress Creek Strategy Meeting is hosted by the City of Montgomery Engineering Department and attended by the US Geological Survey, Auburn University Montgomery, MTC & the Alabama Clean Water Partnership.

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2007 Cypress Creek Riparian Zone Study published, funded by the World Wildlife Fund. Robert Cope becomes Chairman of the Montgomery Tree Committee Cypress Creek/ Pond subcommittee.

2008 Bill Campbell begins to cut trails and paths  and identifies flora & fauna in pond/swamp and seep aresa. Website designed and launched . Bill also begins guided tours of the swamp area for interested citizens. Piet Oudolf, noted Dutch landscape architect, visits Montgomery as guest of the MTC and does a walkabout of the swamp & creek and shares vision for the Cypress Inlet, Creek and Pond site. Auburn University Landscape Architecture

students conduct first charrette of the area and develop design ideas.

2009 Montgomery County turns over 260 acre pond site to the City of Montgomery. Congress expends $100,000 of this for FY 09-10 for Rivers and Streams.

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2010 Cypress Park Summit presented to public at Gateway Park. MTC contracts with Milton Puryear, Planning Consultant, to assist Cypress project formulate a formal scope of work plan. Formation of Montgomery Nature Conservancy with the development of Cypress Nature Park as the main project. Application made to IRS for recognition as a

non-profit organization. Robert Cope and Bill Campbell begin series of presentations to civic groups and environmental fairs to promote public awareness of the project.

2011 Separation from Montgomery Trees (formally Montgomery Tree Committee) and stand-alone status as a 501 c 3 non-profit status awarded by IRS. Montgomery Nature Conservancy/Cypress Nature Park host public design charrette conducted by HOK. HOK completes Conceptual Master Plan. HOK of Atlanta was been hired by the City of Montgomery to conduct a charrette and produce a Master Plan of Cypress Nature Park. The charrette was held for 3 days in August 2011 and the Master Plan delivered November 2011. Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood has been hired by the City of Montgomery to study hydrological issues and solutions of the property.


Cypress Nature Park is a 50(3)
non-profit organization