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The City of Redmond hired Habitat Bank, LLC. to design, permit and build a wetland mitigation bank on the former farm site. Construction will happen summer of 2020, and planting should be complete the following winter.
The City is also installing logs in Bear Creek this summer to improve fish habitat and will plant the stream buffer with native trees and shrubs during the fall and winter.
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 City purchased the 83-acre property from the Kellerfamily in 2015.
The entire wetland mitigation bank site will be planted withnative trees, shrubs and emergents. The former farm ditches will be turned intomeandering stream channels and will be connected to Bear Creek. Perrigo Creek,which currently flows in stormwater pipes, will be day-lighted (taken out ofpipes and brought to the surface in a stream channel). The wetland bankproperty will be protected from development in perpetuity.
Private parcels to the west and northwest of the wetlandmitigation bank will be developed into residential housing.
The wetland mitigation bank will be constructed in 2020.Habitat Bank will manage and maintain the wetland bank until all the wetlandcredits are sold in approximately 10-15 years.
A local non-profit, Forterra, holds a conservation easementon the property and will maintain the property over the long-term.
Private parcels adjacent to the wetland bank are expected tobe developed in the next five years.
The site is closed to the public because it will be a streamand wetland restoration site. There is a trail easement reserved through thesouthwest portion of the site, but the trail is not funded for constructionduring this phase of the work.
After the wetland mitigation bank is constructed in 2020, itwill take regular maintenance, especially during the first five years, to makesure the project succeeds over the long term. Regular maintenance will includereplacing dead plants, controlling noxious weeds, managing beaver dams, andother actions.