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Protect
wetlands through land use planning, acquisition and wetland protection laws.
Restore
wetlands to improve wetland health and function and by re-establishing destroyed wetlands.
Explore
wetlands by getting your feet wet and learning about their wonders.
Compensatory mitigation
Contact information
For more information regarding wetland compensatory mitigation, contact:
Pam Schense
Wetland mitigation coordinator

Mitigation guidelines

New mitigation guidelines were approved in 2013 to provide clear and consistent guidance to agency personnel, mitigation bank sponsors, permits applicants and others in establishing successful mitigation projects and providing a coherent approach to compensatory mitigation. These guidelines are meant to provide consistency to the wetland compensatory mitigation process, but do not supersede established agency rule or law. Final decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the permitting agencies having authority over a given wetland activity.

Snapping Turtle Hatchling

One of many important topics these guidelines discuss is Credit Ratios, including both how to calculate the required amount of compensatory mitigation and how many credits a mitigation site may generate, detailed in Chapter 3.

Public comment opportunity

The Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are accepting comments on Version 1 of the guidelines for a period of one year (August 1, 2013 — August 1, 2014). These comments will be evaluated during the development of Version 2.

Comments are now being accepted through August 1, 2014 and can be sent to:
Pam Schense
Wetland Mitigation Coordinator
WI Dept of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St – WT/3
Madison WI 53707-7921

Suggested science-based criteria for site selection, design, and evaluation of Wisconsin wetland mitigation banks

The department developed a document that gives suggestions, based on regulatory reports and peer–reviewed scientific literature, to assist in the process of establishing a wetland mitigation bank. Recommendations for selecting a good bank project site, preparing a site plan and developing quantifiable performance standards to assess the project’s progress are addressed.

Last revised: Tuesday July 15 2014