Wetland Mitigation Banking Program
Special Announcement: We are Growing!
On Friday, February 1, 2019 the Parks and Open Space Division acquired property for the new Amazon Prairie Wetland Mitigation Bank. The 329-acre parcel is west of the Eugene Airport and adjacent to Clear Lake, which was formed by a dam on Amazon Creek. This is the same Amazon Creek with headwaters originating in the Ridgeline Park System on the flanks of our iconic Spencer Butte. The creek begins in forested hillsides and flows through parks, our city, the West Eugene Wetlands, agricultural lands, and then continues north of Amazon Prairie to join the Long Tom River.
Our vision for Amazon Prairie is a restored wetland prairie with a diversity of native plants and very shallow, seasonal pools supporting amphibians and other wildlife. Although there is currently no public access to the site, in the longer term we intend to provide some public access to the restored wetland prairie for compatible recreation. There will be opportunities for public input as plans develop for facilities such as trails, nature interpretation, a canoe launch and an associated trailhead with parking.
The parcel is currently leased to a farmer, and we expect to continue leasing some portion of the site for the next couple of years as more detailed plans develop. Conceptual restoration plans for the Amazon Prairie Mitigation Bank will be available for review in the coming weeks on the Department of State Land’s website Opens a New Window. .
Coyote Prairie North Mitigation Bank
Established following more than twenty years of research, knowledge, and experiences gained from implementation of the nationally acclaimed West Eugene Wetlands Mitigation Bank the Coyote Prairie North Wetland Mitigation Bank will continue to provide limited credits for compensatory wetland mitigation for Palustrine Emergent / Slope-Flats wetland types for the next few years.
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 up to the 600’ elevation contour in an area 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.
This printable map of our service area can be used for general reference, or potential customers can search and zoom in to determine if a project is within the service area using this interactive map.
Current credit inventory - updated July 1, 2020
|Description||Credits available for purchase|
|Credits in bank ledger||2.031|
|Credits available for new bank customers||1.641|
How to Purchase Mitigation Credits
Contact us using the the link at the top right of this page to send an email to inquire about pricing. Bank customers can pay for credits within thirty days of providing a completed Purchase Agreement.
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 if you would like to purchase mitigation credits.
Guidance on Replacement Ratios
The regulating agencies will work with you to determine replacement ratios for your project. 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:
- Provide mitigation credits for sale to private and public entities for development impacts located within the Bank’s service area.
- Restore and enhance an interconnected system of local wetland habitats to a high ecological standard.
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:
- Enhanced air and water quality treatment for non-point source pollution.
- Flood control and water quality treatment through an interconnected system of wetland and riparian areas.
- A diverse array of native plants and animals, and significant connected system of wildlife habitats.
- Access to large and interconnected natural areas near downtown Eugene for all citizens to enjoy.
- Educational and recreational opportunities in and along the wetlands and stream corridors.