Wekiva River Mitigation Bank


Wekiva River Mitigation Bank
Location Map and Service Area

Wekiva River MB Project Location and Service Area
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PROJECT FEATURES

Wekiva River Mitigation Bank is located in the southeastern portion of Lake County, Florida. The bank site is approximately 1,643 acres and is regionally significant as demonstrated by its ranking in the highest priority group on the Florida Forever acquisition list of sites. The Wekiva River Mitigation Bank site serves as a regionally significant headwater and tributary flow link to the Rock Springs Run flow way, which is a critical western tributary of the Wekiva River. In addition, the Wekiva River Mitigation Bank is bordered on three sides by existing conservation lands.

This project site was selected for its critical habitat composition and as an important ecological link (corridor) in the northern Rock Springs Run ecosystem. Significant habitat within the project site is suitable for and contains Florida Black Bear populations. This property is an important link in a wildlife corridor to increase the sustainability of the Florida Black Bear populations.

WRMB RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PLAN

The primary focus of the WRMB will be the enhancement and restoration of the historic habitat community structure throughout the 1,643 acres. The restoration activities will be primarily hydrological restoration. The property, has been used extensively for silviculture and other agricultural operations. All of these operations will cease. Construction will include the removal of a 1.5 mile roadway that runs through the central and southern portions of the site in order to restore the historic hydroperiod. Areas of the property where tributary strands exist, a series of low water crossings and culverts will be installed. These structures will re-establish historic sheetflow distribution and equilibriate water levels.

In the Northern portion of the property, within existing improved pasture areas, sandhill flatwoods and hydric flatwoods will be restored. In addition, any necessary removal of nuisance or exotic plants throughout the property will be performed.

Implementation of the WRMB has been proposed to occur in four (4) phases; each phase will be similar in size, and will be released in a south-to-north direction. By providing phasing in this manner, the WRMB can achieve proposed ecological goals, while not adversely impacting future phasing success.



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