Pembroke Pines Mitigation Bank

The restoration and enhancement of 450 acres of degraded wetlands owned by the City of Pembroke Pines is completed, producing a diverse, multi-habitat ecosystem. The site that became South Florida’s first mitigation bank had been overrun by harmful and destructive exotic species including Melaleuca and Brazilian Pepper, and was used by the public for illegal dumping and off-road recreational vehicles. The Pembroke Pines Mitigation Bank was the first in the nation to complete a final transfer of responsibility for mitigation in the form of a mitigation bank credit. Through the success of the Pembroke Pines Mitigation Bank and subsequent accomplishments, Permit applicants with projects that have wetland impacts in the southeast Florida region are embracing the ad­vantages of purchasing credits from this bank.

In an independent study by Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law; the Pembroke Pines Mitigation Bank was adjudged to be the best wetlands mitigation bank in the U.S.  Gardner, a former Assistant General Counsel at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, is regarded as one of the top scholars in the Mitigation Banking industry.


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