Deer River Mitigation Bank


Itasca County, MN




Mitigation Bank



DEER RIVER MITIGATION BANK is the site of EIP’s successful restoration of more than 470 acres of formerly converted sedge meadow and emergent marsh wetlands in the floodplain of the Mississippi River and its headwaters. Along with Palisades Mitigation Bank, the Deer River Mitigation Bank has helped to restore a mosaic of wetland habitats that contributes multiple benefits to the region’s water quality, wildlife habitat and open space resources.

The Deer River Mitigation Bank has successfully met all performance standards and all of its credits have been released and sold. EIP’s Palisades Mitigation Bank services the Mississippi River watershed in the Minnesota (BSA 5) and has credits available.

Deer River is sold out of credits.

Bank Service Area (BSA) 5, including major Minnesota watersheds:
– Mississippi River – Headwaters (7)
– Leech Lake River (8)
– Mississippi River – Grand Rapids (9)
– Mississippi River – Brainerd (10)
– Pine River (11)
– Crow Wing River (12)
– Redeye River (13)
– Long Prairie River (14)

Deer River Mitigation Bank

Wet meadows, shallow marsh, and sedge meadow habitats are unique and important to Minnesota's ecological landscape.

Deer River Mitigation Bank

Broad-leaf arrowhead plants (Sagittaria latifolia are characteristic of wetland flora.

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Short Elliott Hendrickson is a nimble local consultant with deep expertise in northern Minnesota’s ecology, hydrology, and regulatory landscape. The SEH team came equipped with a variety of talents to help EIP model, plan, and execute a 24,000-acre bog restoration. In particular, their hydrologic modeling capabilities helped us pioneer a new restoration approach, and enabled us to demonstrate that plugging tens of miles of drainage ditches would restore native peat bog hydrology.