Wetland Banker: Wetland Mitigation of Illinois (WMI)
Land Owner: Wetland Mitigation of Illinois (WMI)
Long Term Manager and Land Owner: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Brad Semel 110 James Road Spring Grove, IL 60081 815-675-2386
USACOE Permit 200300490
Status: Fully Built, Met Final Performance for
AMCE & All Credits Released
Land and Water Resources, Inc. teamed up with Ecologic Planning to form Wetland Mitigation
of Illinois (WMI). WMI and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources partnered
to purchase a 110 acre farm adjacent to the Redwing Slough, a state nature preserve.
IDNR purchased 62.8 acres which consisted of the upland portions of the field, and
WMI purchased the 47.5 acres of hydric soil portions of the field, thus reducing
the overall price the state had to pay for the property. WMI was responsible for
all aspects of the bank from conception, development, financing, permitting, construction,
operation, and sales.
The site, prior to permitting, was a farm field with extensive hydric soils and field
tiles in the DesPlaines River watershed. WMI broke field tiles, created a couple
of small berms across some drainage ways and then seeded the site in 2004. Management
activities at the site included aggressive herbiciding of invasive species, mowing
and burning. At the end of the project WMI will donate the land to IDNR, thus adding
to the extent of the Redwing Slough landholdings. WMI was able to create and sell
46.4 acres of wetland mitigation credits to offset wetland impact.