Development projects that are subject to wetland impacts require wetland enhancement, restoration, creation and/or preservation project that serves to offset unavoidable wetland impacts. The ecological benefits of a mitigation project should compensate for the functional loss resulting from the permitted wetland impact. Compensatory mitigation activities may include, but are not limited to, onsite mitigation, offsite mitigation, offsite regional mitigation, and the purchase of mitigation credits from permitted mitigation banks. The Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method was established to provide a uniform mitigation assessment method to determine the amount of mitigation needed to offset adverse impacts to wetlands and other surface waters and the award and deduct mitigation bank credits.
FELSI has many years of experience in UMAM scoring, mitigation planning, mitigation implementation, mitigation management and mitigation monitoring of projects with varying scopes of work. FELSI has overseen and provided support in obtaining onsite mitigation, offsite mitigation, offsite regional mitigation, and the purchase of mitigation credits from permitted mitigation banks for commercial, public and private development and mining operations. FELSI currently serves as the Qualified Mitigation Specialist (QMS) for 3 Mitigation Banks in north Florida and has assisted with hydrologic and listed species surveys on 3 other Mitigation Banks in north Florida. FELSI staff members conduct or provide expertise in qualitative and quantitative vegetative monitoring, hydrologic improvement and monitoring, supplemental planting, prescribed burning, exotic species control and general site assessments, as required by state and federal permits.
A wetland heavily impacted by silviculture is being restored to a natural state on a Mitigation Bank utilizing various management techniques. Young cypress saplings are emerging as the planted pine tree overstory and woody shrub understory is reduced by a combination of prescribed fire and gyro-trac thinning
Upstream water flow was previously transected by a logging road. A low-water crossing was installed to restore natural flow from upstream wetlands to downstream wetlands within a Wildlife Management Area, as mitigation for mining operations
This wetland pond was created and planted as mitigation for impacts associated with a public development project. Specific success criteria is outlined by state and federal permits, which is overseen by FELSI staff members