Mitigation to Improve Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat

Need to offset unavoidable wetland impacts through high-quality mitigation? Credits from the Old Florida and Upper Coastal Mitigation Banks are your ideal solution.

The Old Florida and Upper Coastal Wetland Mitigation Banks are owned and operated by Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP)—the country’s leading provider of environmental credits. Mitigation credits from EIP enable you to satisfy the requirements of your environmental permit quickly and cost-effectively while eliminating liability exposure. Credit purchases also promote the conservation and restoration of valuable wetland habitat.

The Old Florida and Upper Coastal Wetland Mitigation Banks are approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill mitigation requirements of Section 404 Clean Water Act permits(1)— and also approved by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to satisfy compliance under the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) Program(2).

LOCATION:
Citrus and Pasco Counties, FL
RESTORATION OVERVIEW:
1,242 acres of wetland habitat
SERVICE AREA:
Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties, FL
CREDITS AVAILABLE:

Palustrine Emergent (Corps)

Palustrine Forested (Corps)

Freshwater Forested (SWFWMD)

Freshwater Herbaceous (SWFWMD)

To purchase mitigation credits contact our representative:
Pamela Harris
(813) 765-6846
SERVICE AREA:

The Old Florida and Upper Coastal Mitigation Banks serve the Upper Coastal Basin, which is comprised of the Crystal-Pithlachascotee (03100207) watershed (USGS HUC).

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SERVICE AREA INFO

Restoration Initiative

The largest wetland mitigation bank in the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Old Florida Mitigation Bank (OFMB) is restoring and protecting a mosaic of ecosystem types, including old growth pine flatwoods, scrub, cypress wetlands, and freshwater marshes. Prior to EIP’s ownership, years of cattle grazing and plantation timber management diminished the habitat value of the site. To reverse this trend, EIP has reintroduced native tree species, restored the site’s wetland hydrology, and re-instated a prescribed fire regime. Today, the site is recognizable once again as thriving “Old Florida” nature.

The Upper Coastal Mitigation Bank (UCMB) has restored and protected a diverse range of wetland habitats that support a variety of frogs and freshwater turtles. Additionally, the UCMB provides critical habitat connectivity for a threatened population of Florida black bears, protects a number of natural springs and improves the water quality of the nearby Homosassa River.

After Restoration: Natural Hydrology and Species Reestablished
After Restoration: Sandhill Cranes Visit the Restored Wetland
After Restoration: The Bank is Perpetually Protected Through a Conservation Easement
After Restoration: A Diversity of Habitats Exist within the Bank
During Restoration: Controlled Burns Used to Establish Healthy Ecosystem Lifecycle
Before Restoration: Old Florida Mitigation Bank Site had been Heavily Grazed and Timbered

Purchase Credits

To purchase mitigation credits contact our representative:
Pamela Harris
(813) 765-6846

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