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Turtle Bayou Mitigation Bank, LA

Quick Facts
Location Rapides Parish
USACE District New Orleans
Site Acres 250.7
Watersheds Serviced (HUC Cataloging Units) 08080101
EPA Ecoregions Serviced Red River Bottomlands, South Central Plains
Parishes or Portions of Parishes Serviced Rapides, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Point Coupee, St. Landry, Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberia, Vermillion, St. Mary, and Iberville
Available Wetland Habitat Types Bottomland Hardwood, Cypress-Tupelo
Available Mitigation Types Restoration and Enhancement
Total Mitigation Acres To Be Determined
Current Mitigation Acres Available for Sale 0
Functional Assessment Method & Credit Value Under Evaluation
MCM (Modified Charleston Method) Under Evaluation

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turtle bayou mitigation bank, laThis site lies along the banks of Bayou Beouf and is a prior-converted rice farm. The bank site is surrounded to the north and west by private WVA lands and private bottomland hardwood forested lands, and to the south by the LSU-Alexandria agricultural reserach station.

When restored, the bank site will provide valuable habitat along Bayou Boeuf that, in combination with nearby public lands, will function as part of a significant landscape corridor to facilitate movement and re-patriation of the black bear within the greater Red River basin.

The site was historically bottomland hardwood wetland with a series of backwater drainages and slashes connecting old oxbows from the Red River to the north with Bayou Beouf to the south. In the 1940's the site was converted to rice farm, leeved, laser-leveled and many of the histroic slashes and drains either filled or altered to function as reservoirs for agricultural activities.

Existing bottomland hardwood forest immediately to the north and south of the site provides an excellent reference for restoration of the site.