The City of Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Division has undertaken a landscape-scale project to restore exceptionally high-quality wetland habitat to create the Coyote Prairie North Wetland Mitigation Bank. This ambitious project to enhance wet prairie, vernal pool, and emergent wetlands continues after more than twenty years of research, knowledge, and experiences gained from implementation of the nationally acclaimed West Eugene Wetlands Mitigation Bank, the first wetlands mitigation bank in the state.
Service Area for the Mitigation Bank
The service area for the Coyote Prairie North Wetland Mitigation Bank outlines the area within which the Bank is permitted to sell credits to potential developers seeking compensatory mitigation for Palustrine Emergent wetlands. The Bank’s service area includes a large geographic region in the southern Willamette Valley, extending from just north of Cottage Grove to west of Salem and includes the communities of Eugene, Springfield, Goshen, Veneta, Junction City, Harrisburg, Monroe, Halsey, Coburg, Lowell, Creswell, west Lebanon, Brownsville, Corvallis, Albany, Millersburg, Falls City, and others. Please visit this link for our Mitigation Bank Service Area Map to see if your project lies within our service area.
The current price per mitigation credit is $57,050.00, and this price is adjusted annually. Bulk purchase discounts may be available for purchases of 10 credits or more, and purchases of 10 credits or more may be reserved in advance to ensure availability and price. Please inquire about bulk discounts and options for financing if interested.
Credits available from the Bank as of November 23, 2015
How to Purchase Mitigation Credits
Bank customers can pay for credits in full at the time they provide a completed Purchase Agreement or credits may be reserved for purchase within 30 days by completing a Purchase Agreement with the City of Eugene and submitting a non-refundable deposit in the amount of 10% of the total purchase price. The balance for reserved credits is due within 30 days.
Specific information related to your project and associated wetland impacts is required for City staff to draft a Purchase Agreement. Please complete this form to provide information regarding your project to City staff.
Guidance on Replacement Ratios
The regulating agencies will work with you to determine appropriate mitigation for your project impacts, however, if your project is within the boundary of the West Eugene Wetlands Plan, the replacement ratios are described in section 4.17 of the plan. For more information on the default ratios and possible ratio reductions for projects within the West Eugene Wetland plan boundary, please refer to the Habitat Quality Assessment (HQA) documents below.
What are the Benefits of a Wetland Mitigation Bank?
The Coyote Prairie North Mitigation Bank restores or enhances wetland habitats and sells credits to permittees as compensatory wetland mitigation as a requirement of their approved Joint Permit Application from the Department of State Lands (DSL) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Coyote Prairie North Mitigation Bank is a large-scale, ecosystem-oriented wetland restoration project designed to provide sustainable ecological benefits in advance of unavoidable impacts to wetlands caused by human activity and provides a comprehensive, effective, and high-quality solution to compensatory wetland mitigation. Mitigation banking provides developers, utility providers, and state and local agencies with the opportunity to pay a one-time fee to purchase credits from the bank, thereby satisfying all or a portion of the statutory wetlands mitigation requirements.
The Coyote Prairie North Wetland Mitigation Bank functions to serve two major goals:
The Coyote Prairie North Wetland Mitigation Bank has significantly advanced the science of wetland restoration by implementing the latest restoration and enhancement techniques and carefully monitoring its projects. Our restoration staff has undertaken projects that set a very high standard by establishing rare species, achieving high species diversity, and putting a long-term stewardship plan in place. This effort has resulted in some of the highest-quality wetland restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest. Our restoration techniques have created mitigation bank sites that have won numerous awards and are generally recognized as the “gold standard” of wetland restoration in Oregon.
The City of Eugene’s wetland mitigation sites provide significant benefits to the community including: