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A wetland mitigation bank is a site where wetlands are restored, created, or enhanced to provide compensatory mitigation in advance of unavoidable impacts to wetlands. Banks provide the option of purchasing credits to offset the unavoidable impacts of a project.
The entire wetland mitigation bank site will be planted with native trees, shrubs and emergents. The former farm ditches have been turned into meandering stream channels that connect to Bear Creek. Perrigo Creek, which currently flows in stormwater pipes, will be day-lighted (taken out of pipes and brought to the surface in a stream channel). The wetland bank property will be protected from development in perpetuity.
Grading work for the wetland mitigation bank occurred over the summer of 2020. The site will be planted late fall/early winter.
Habitat Bank will manage and maintain the wetland bank until all the wetland credits are sold in approximately 10-15 years.
A local non-profit, Forterra, holds a conservation easement on the property and will maintain the property over the long-term.
The property is closed to the public because it is a stream and wetland restoration site. There is a trail easement reserved through the southwest portion of the site, but the trail is not funded for construction during this phase of the work.
After the wetland mitigation bank is constructed in 2020, it will take regular maintenance, especially during the first five years, to make sure the project succeeds over the long term. Regular maintenance will include replacing dead plants, controlling noxious weeds, managing beaver dams, and other actions.