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Halifax River Drainage Basin

Permitted by SJRWMD & USACOE

State: UMAM, Federal: UMAM

Forested Credits Available

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PROJECT FEATURES

Lake Swamp Mitigation Bank is located in Flagler County, Florida. The bank site is approximately 1,890 acres and is located within the Halifax River Drainage Basin. Significant habitat within the project site is suitable for: the Florida black bear, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Eastern indigo snake, Bald Eagle, Wood stork, American alligator, as well as an extensive wading bird population and other various mammals and reptiles.

A large portion of Lake Swamp it located on the property, as well as to the north, and the majority of the on-site wetlands are associated with this hydrologic feature. The swamp flows into Groover Branch, which flows into the Little Tomoka River, an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW).

RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PLAN

Historically, this site was used for silviculture and agriculture purposes. Cypress, pines, and hardwoods were harvested for timber and landscape changes were made to assure good timber production. Aggressive use of drainage and “bedding” converted all of the uplands and a large portion of the wetlands to pine plantation.

The goal of the hydrologic enhancement activities will be to restore the natural hydrology, including: longer periods of ponding in deeper wetlands, overall longer hydroperiod, and better water retention across the site. Restoration of hydrology will include the partial removal of the network of trail roads, ditch removal, and cross-cutting of bedded wetlands that match grades and assure no unnatural runoff occurs. Trail roads maintained for maintenance of the property will include low water crossings to allow for more natural surface flow of water.

An exotic and nuisance plant and animal eradication program will be implemented as well.

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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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