The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the University of Alabama are leading the renewal of Gulf State Park’s ecological and visitor resources. Volkert is providing environmental services, permitting, and program management for the project, which is expected to complete in 2018.
The project includes development of concept plans for the rebuilding of the Lodge and Conference Center, dune restoration and enhancement plans and the coastal education and interpretive center on the Gulf beaches of the Park. Additionally, Volkert is responsible for wetland delineations, cultural resource surveys, and all permitting associated with the enhancement of the existing nature trail system within the Park.
Volkert is also responsible for overseeing all environmental activities at Gulf State Park associated with the development of trail enhancements, and for completing formal consultation with the U.S. Fish. and Wildlife Service by developing a revised Habitat Conservation Plan, a Dune Restoration and Management Plan, and an Environmental Impact and Natural Hazards Study for the most recent planned development at Gulf State Park.
The project is expected to restore 50 acres of coastal dune habitat to Gulf State Park as well as complete the construction of the Lodge and Conference Center and the Interpretive Center.