Mitigation and Conservation Banks
Permitting – Wildlands has permitted both a conservation bank and a mitigation bank on two adjacent properties located along the eastern slope of the Lake Wales Ridge in Polk County, FL. This 300+ acre property, located adjacent to state lands, not only provides habitat for the federally protected sand skink, it offers a unique assemblage of habitats that extend from scrub to a seepage slope dominated by bays and cutthroat grass. We are also working on the permitting of another bank and are providing consultation services in assisting several capital investment groups identify lands that are appropriate as banks. Wildlands identifies these sites by consulting with various peers working with state agencies, local municipalities, and bringing to the table their understanding of the region’s ecology and “big picture” protection” strategy.
Easements and Management – Wildlands currently holds conservation easements on lands throughout west and central Florida. This includes several conservation banks and mitigation areas including, but not limited to, the Collany Conservation Bank and the Tiger Creek Conservation Bank. In addition to holding easements, Wildlands has assumed all management responsibilities for these areas, as well as wetland mitigation banks in FL. Management entails conducting prescribed burns, removal of exotics, site security, and monitoring the various site’s natural resources.