Big Cypress Mitigation Bank
Project TypeMitigation Bank
LocationFlorida | Hendry County
Service AreaWest Collier, East Collier, Estero Bay Basins
Project SizeWetland: 2,600 AC
SolutionEnvironmental Mitigation, Wetland Mitigation
- Freshwater forested (SJRWMD)
- Freshwater herbaceous (SFWMD)
- Freshwater transitional (SFWMD)
- Palustrine emergent (Federal)
- Palustrine forested (Federal)
Big Cypress Mitigation Bank provides compensatory mitigation for wetland impacts in South Florida West Collier, East Collier, and Estero Bay Basins.
Our bank meets the standards for state and federal freshwater forested and herbaceous WRAP credits, permitted by both the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our bank comprises two parallel properties spanning 2,600 acres north of the Big Cypress Preserve in southwest Hendry County.
We have expanded significant habitat, vital to some of Florida’s most threatened species. Additionally, our bank connects with the 720,000-acre Big Cypress Preserve near the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, providing Panther Habitat Units deemed regionally significant and crucial habitats for the Florida Panther. Each wetland credit includes 8.96 Panther Habitat Units. We also offer additional Panther Habitat Units competitively priced to provide an overall cost-effective mitigation solution.
Before becoming a mitigation bank, this property was an active-producing citrus grove. Our restoration and enhancement activities included, but were not limited to, the 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 perpetually, ensuring that future generations can enjoy it.