Wetland Mitigation Banking Program - 2021 Project Summaries
MAGNOLIA LAND PARTNERS, LLC
NRCS Funding Amount: $580,600; Partner Funds: $172,500
MAGNOLIA LAND PARTNERS proposes to establish three agricultural mitigation bank sites encompassing 75 acres of re-established or newly created wetland. The new sites will be included within Magnolia’s approved existing statewide agricultural mitigation banking instrument, the “Illinois Conservation Exchange.” Magnolia will focus on forested and herbaceous wetland credits in the northern and western parts of the state.
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
NRCS Funding Amount: $516,056; Partner Funds: $129,011
WISCONSIN DNR plans to establish two mitigation sites totaling 17 acres in the first year of the project, identifying additional sites using a watershed approach in subsequent years. Via the Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust, Wisconsin’s in-lieu fee program, WDNR will first implement sites on existing state lands or sites donated by private landowners, with the ultimate goal of funding program operations entirely through credit sales.
CORBLU ECOLOGY GROUP, LLC
NRCS Funding Amount: $496,018; Partner Funds: $210,860.94
CORBLU proposes to develop a fourth mitigation site to the three funded under its existing Georgia Agricultural Wetland Bank umbrella banking instrument established in 2017. This fourth site will be located in south-central Georgia, in a different watershed than Corblu’s established bank sites, providing up to 50 additional acres of mitigation. Corblu Ecology Group has partnered with the Athens Land Trust to explore opportunities for engaging new and low-income producers.
MAGNOLIA LAND PARTNERS, LLC
NRCS Funding Amount: $858,127; Partner Funds: $227,500
MAGNOLIA LAND PARTNERS proposes to develop a statewide umbrella mitigation banking instrument targeted exclusively towards Nebraska agricultural producers. Project sites will establish two mitigation bank sites for new wetland credit types not currently available to Nebraska producers, including 1500 linear feet of riverine channel restoration, five acres of floodplain wetland restoration, and five acres of slope wetland restoration. Magnolia is planning its sites in watersheds with significant mitigation demand from producers.
MINTON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, LLC
NRCS Funding Amount: $991,720; Partner Funds: $489,000
MINTON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS proposes the expansion of its existing Missouri mitigation bank to meet the demand of Nebraska producers. Minton plans to restore a minimum of 40 acres of prior-converted cropland to provide a minimum of 40 mitigation credits within 12 months.
NRCS Funding Amount: $575,000; Partner Funds: $1,669,192
WILDLIFE MISSISSIPPI proposes to develop an agricultural wetland mitigation bank to serve Mississippi and other states in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The proposed site will restore 370 acres of prior converted wetlands previously utilized for row-crop agriculture. Wildlife Mississippi has partnered with the KKAC Foundation, a non-profit organization providing education and assistance to historically underserved producers, to conduct targeted outreach.
NORTH DAKOTA AGRICULTURAL MITIGATION, INC
NRCS Funding Amount: $875,000; Partner Funds: $300,000
State: North Dakota
NORTH DAKOTA AGRICULTURAL MITIGATION, a newly established nonprofit comprised of local agricultural groups, plans to provide North Dakota agricultural producers with an efficient and cost-effective program for mitigating wetland conversions. This project will develop 6 bank sites encompassing 200 acres of restored wetland. NDAM will leverage its affiliations with groups such as the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Famers Union, North Dakota Farm Bureau, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, and the U.S. Durum Growers Association to publicize the project.