Wetland mitigation bank
In the historic beech Flats
Pike county, Ohio
Red Stone Farm Wetland Mitigation Bank (RSFWMB) is used for compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to wetlands in Ohio through restoration, enhancement, and preservation of roughly 500 acres of retired farmland and existing forests. Wetland credits are sold in tenth-acre and one-acre increments on a first come, first serve basis.
RSFWMB currently has forested and emergent wetland credits available for mitigation of Category 2 wetlands within the Lower Scioto River (HUC# 05060002), Paint Creek (HUC# 05060003), Ohio Brush Creek (HUC# 05090201), and East Fork Little Miami River (HUC# 05090202) watersheds, and the mitigation of Category 1 wetlands within the Huntington Corps District in the state of Ohio.
Red Stone Farm Wetland Mitigation Bank (RSFWMB) was approved by the Ohio Interagency Review Team (IRT) September 2007. RSFWMB is located in Pike County, Ohio with a total approved area of 500 contiguous acres potentially providing 316 acres of wetlands and 314 wetland mitigation credits.
The IRT recognizes RSFWMB as an appropriate location for mitigation of Category 2 wetlands within the Lower Scioto River (HUC# 05060002), Paint Creek (HUC# 05060003), Ohio Brush Creek (HUC# 05090201), and East Fork Little Miami River (HUC# 05090202) watersheds, and the mitigation of Category 1 wetlands within the Huntington Corps District in the state of Ohio. On a case-by-case basis, mitigiation for impacts outside this service area can be approved by the USACE and OEPA, in consultation with other members of the IRT.
In total, restored wetland habitats at RSFWMB will potentially include approximately 276 acres of forested wetlands and 19 acres of emergent/scrub-shrub wetlands. The bank includes 21 acres of existing forested wetlands and the preservation of approximately 103 acres of mature upland hillside forest protecting the headwaters. Bank development is scheluded to occur in three phases.
Phase of Development
Phase 1 of Red Stone Farm Wetland Mitigation Bank is in its 8th growing season since construction and wetland plant installation. Phase 1 includes a total footprint of 219 contiguous acres with approximately 77 acres of restored and enhanced wetlands. Seventeen acres of emergent/scrub-shrub wetland restoration occurs in this phase as well as the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of 142 acres of mature and early successional upland forests protecting the headwaters.
Additionally, included in Phase 1 are roughly 12 acres of young to middle-aged forested wetlands, including the oldest tract in the bank which is classified as a Category 3 wetland.
Construction and restoration activities involved lowering two small dams, decommissioning drainage tile, restoring hydrology, hand-planting 27,000 native trees, and hand seeding over 500 lbs of native perennial wetland seeds.
Phase 1 photos
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Bank Sponsor / Manager
1727 Frost Road
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Plum Hill Ecological Services
30 East 26th Street
Covington, KY 41014