9:20am

Thu August 13, 2009
WVAS Local

Sports Enthusiasts Focus on Alabama's Black Belt Region

TYLER, Ala. – (AP) - More than 100 people have launched an
initiative aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the Black Belt's
economy by promoting the region's extensive outdoor recreational
resources.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures was launched Wednesday at the
Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge in Tyler.
State Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley said educating
people about what the area has to offer will attract visitors and
businesses. The initiative's Web, www.alabamablackbeltadventures.com,
site includes information about local outdoor facilities in the region, along with museums,
landowner resources for habitat improvement, and many other
amenities available to tourists.
The Black Belt, named for it soil, was famous for its farmland
in the past, but has become a prime destination for outdoorsman in
recent years.