Big Cypress Mitigation Bank
- Hendry County
- Wetlands, Streams or Nutrients: West Collier, East Collier, Estero Bay Basins
Big Cypress Mitigation Bank offers compensatory mitigation for wetland impacts in the South Florida West Collier, East Collier, and Estero Bay Basins. The bank provides state and federal freshwater forested and herbaceous WRAP credits permitted by the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Composed of two parallel properties encompassing 2,600 acres north of the Big Cypress Preserve in southwest Hendry County, the bank expands significant habitat vital to some of Florida’s most threatened species. Connecting from the 720,000-acre Big Cypress Preserve and near the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, the bank also offers Panther Habitat Units deemed regionally significant and crucial habitat for the Florida Panther. Each wetland credit includes 8.96 Panther Habitat Units. Additional Panther Habitat Units are available at a competitive price to ensure we are providing our clients with the most overall cost-effective mitigation solution.
Before becoming a mitigation bank, the property was an active-producing citrus grove. Restoration and enhancement activities include, but are not limited to, removal of all citrus, restoration of hydrology, seeding and planting of native freshwater vegetation and trees, and removal of exotic and nuisance vegetative species. All the land is preserved in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.
- Freshwater Forested (SFWMD)
- Freshwater Transitional (SFWMD)
- Freshwater Herbaceous (SFWMD)
- Palustrine Forested (Federal)
- Palustrine Emergent (Federal)