Wetland, Wildlife & Upland Mitigation

15Simply put, mitigation is a way to offset the impact of development on a regulated area or resource. Impacts may include dredging, filling, draining or other substantial changes to wetland habitats. In certain circumstances, mitigation may be required for upland wildlife habitat, such as for gopher tortoise habitat in Florida.

Wetlands mitigation usually takes four forms: onsite preservation, wetland enhancement, wetland creation, and mitigation banking. Each form has its benefits and drawbacks, as well as its costs. Mitigation areas are set aside in permanent conservation easements and yearly maintenance is conducted to restore these areas back to a pristine state.

17At OEC, we conduct mitigation monitoring on extant properties as well as help design, permit, and launch future wetland and gopher tortoise mitigation properties.