Old Florida Mitigation Bank


Pasco County, FL




Mitigation Bank



OLD FLORIDA MITIGATION BANK in Pasco County is one of the largest wetland mitigation banks in the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The bank hosts a mosaic of ecosystem types, including old growth pine flatwoods, cypress wetlands, and freshwater marshes.

EIP’s restoration plan for this site included filling a major drainage ditch, planting native flora and trees, restoring natural wetland hydrology, and instituting a prescribed fire regime. These combined methods reversed years of impact from cattle grazing and plantation timber management. Today, the area is a thriving example of a recognizable native mosaic landscape, with species important to the area, including wood stork, making the habitat their home.

Credits from Old Florida Mitigation Bank are approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill mitigation requirements of Section 404 Clean Water Act permits — and are also approved by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to satisfy compliance under the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) Program.

– Palustrine Emergent (Corps)
– Palustrine Forested (Corps)
– Freshwater Forested (SWFWMD)
– Freshwater Herbaceous (SWFWMD)
– Wood Stork

Crystal-Pithlachascotee (03100207) subbasin
aka Upper Coastal watershed

Old Florida Mitigation Bank

As part of our habitat restoration plan, EIP removed trees from a dense pine plantation.

Old Florida Mitigation Bank

EIP restored and perpetually protects both forested and herbaceous wetlands at Old Florida Mitigation Bank.

Old Florida Mitigation Bank

Brought back to life, these high-quality wetlands attract a wide range of species including these sandhill cranes.

Old Florida Mitigation Bank

Mitigation banks often include a piece of the old, such as these longleaf pines surrounding EIP's Dave Urban.

Returning Native Wildlife and Wetland Hydrology to the Gulf Coast

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Our Partners

Greensource Environmental has collaborated with EIP since the beginning of our work in Florida. At Horse Creek, Old Florida, and Upper Coastal Mitigation Banks, Greensource conducted a thorough evaluation of historical land use, and pre-restoration conditions. The team delivered insights that translated into an effective restoration plan — one that only comes with a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of ecological and hydrologic function. As our “Ecological Sherlock Holmes,” the firm helps us find clues on the ground that let us maximize ecological uplift in our restoration designs.