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Halifax River & St. Johns River (Canaveral Marshes to Wekiva) Basin

Permitted by SJRWMD & USAOCE

State: UMAM, Federal: WRAP

Forested & Herbaceous Credits Available

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Project Features

The Farmton Mitigation Bank covers a total of 23,922 acres, and is located at three sites (North, South, and West) in Volusia County. The North site covers 16,289 acres and includes Crane Swamp and a portion of the headwaters of Spruce Creek. The South site covers 4052 acres at Buck Lake. The West site covers 3,581 acres that include Cow Creek and Deep Creek. Habitats present on the three sites include cypress swamp, freshwater marsh, scrub/shrub wetlands, mixed forested wetlands, cypress/pine swamp, wetland coniferous forest, wetland hardwood forest, and uplands primarily comprised of pine flatwoods and slash pine plantation, and to a lesser degree, temperate upland hardwood hammock.

Restoration and Enhancement Plan

The following ecological enhancement activities have been proposed or implemented at this mitigation bank:

  1. Hydrologic enhancement through the installation of culverts under field roads, installation of weirs, and alterations to several bridges;
  2. Elimination of an open hunting plan and implementation of a wildlife management/hunting plan;
  3.  Implementation of a native-community-promoting forest and timber management plan; and
  4. Recording of a Conservation Easement to eliminate cattle grazing from the property and prevent future activities not consistent with the preservation of natural communities.

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Audubon of Florida is pleased to count Mitigation Marketing as one of our partners in conservation in Florida. We have found Mitigation Marketing to be a true innovator in the mitigation industry. Dennis Benbow and his staff are pioneering important efforts in both the Wetlands and Conservation banking fields. Mitigation Marketing is demonstrating that carefully thought out Wetlands and Conservation mitigation banks can be an important factor in the effort to conserve and restore many thousands of acres of what is best in Florida’s wildlife habitats and natural resources.

Charles Lee
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