Conservation through Mitigation Banks

One of the Southern Conservation Trust’s primary goals is to protect vital natural resources, including wildlife habitat, green space, wetlands, streams, and so much more.

 

A mitigation bank is an area where a wetland, stream, or other aquatic resource has been restored, established, enhanced, or, in certain circumstances, preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources elsewhere. It’s permitted under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act or a similar state or local wetland regulation.

 

Developers who negatively impact ecological areas are often required to permanently protect similar habitat through mitigation and a conservation easement. The Southern Conservation Trust is currently working to protect mitigated properties in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. We would love to help you restore and reduce damage to wetlands and streams through mitigation and conservation easements. 

 

How does it work?

Mitigation banking is used to offset the damage caused to the environment and prevent net ecological losses. The owner of an environmentally damaged site can restore the wetland or streams with a certified mitigation banker, after which the Southern Conservation Trust will review the project from a conservation standpoint. If conservation value is determined, the Southern Conservation Trust can hold a conservation easement on the mitigation site to protect the land upon closure of the bank and serve as its long-term steward. Mitigation banking is a great way to ensure that there is no net loss of wetland and stream habitat within a region.

 

If you’re interested in working with the Southern Conservation Trust team on a mitigation easement, please contact us at conservation@sctlandtrust.org or at 770-486-7774 ext: 2.

 

Learn more about our general Conservation Easement program here.

Discuss your conservation options with our team today.
Email: conservation@sctlandtrust.org Office: 770.486.7774 ext.2.