Owl’s Den Full-Delivery Mitigation Project

Client: NC Division of Mitigation Services
Location: Lincoln County, NC


Wildlands is developing this full-delivery project on the 75-acre Owl’s Den Farm, where blackberries are the primary production crop. The project will provide 2,400 stream mitigation units and 8.0 wetland mitigation units for the NC Division of Mitigation Services. The project includes existing site assessment, conservation easement acquisition, permitting, stream restoration design, construction, and seven years of post-construction monitoring of geomorphic stability and vegetation. Detailed hydrologic modeling was completed to study wetland-groundwater connections and assist with design development. Construction was completed in July 2015 and planted in fall 2015. The project is currently in the monitoring phase.


Hoosier Dam Mitigation Bank

Hoosier Dam Removal Project

Client: 130 of Chatham, LLC
Location: Chatham County, NC


In the fall of 2018, Wildlands worked with Unique Places and Schnabel Engineering with help from USFWS to remove the 94-year old hydroelectric dam located on the Rocky River in Chatham County, NC. The dam was removed as part of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant to restore the Rocky River and open up 18,000 linear feet of habitat between two critical habitat areas of the endangered Cape Fear shiner. Wildlands was responsibility for the existing conditions assessment (including a Tier 1 sediment study), a sediment management plan, a biological assessment of the Cape Fear shiner, construction plans, and construction administration.


Read more about this project by clicking the following link: https://www.uniqueplacesllc.com/hoosier-dam-removal

Scaly Bark Creek Mitigation Project

Scaly Bark Creek Full-Delivery Mitigation Project

Client: NC Division of Mitigation Services
Location: Stanly County, NC


Wildlands has completed ecological restoration work at a site near Albemarle, NC. At close-out the project  provided 6,453 SMUs on Scaly Bark Creek and six (6) unnamed tributaries in the Yadkin River basin. The project included categorical exclusion documentation, existing conditions assessment, landowner coordination, conservation easement acquisition, restoration design, permitting, construction, and five (5) years of post-construction monitoring. Because Scaly Bark Creek is located in a mapped floodplain, Wildlands performed detailed hydraulic modeling of the proposed restoration and successfully completed a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR). Construction was completed in April 2011 by North State Environmental. A Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) was completed with the as-built survey. The project reached the close-out phase in July 2016.


Lyle Creek Full-Delivery Mitigation Project

Client: NC Division of Mitigation Services
Location: Catawba County, NC


Wildlands is currently performing ecological restoration work at a site northwest of Lake Norman in Catawba County, NC. The project will provide 5,779 stream mitigation units and 7.0 wetland mitigation units on unnamed tributaries to Lyle Creek in the Catawba River basin.


This project is located on an active tree farm. The site includes headwater tributaries to Lyle Creek. The farmer was maintaining these streams as canals, which were frequently mowed and dredged. The lack of riparian shading and heavy nutrient input from the adjacent farmland contributed to massive algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen concentrations. The stream beds were covered with over a foot of decomposed organic matter. Onsite wetlands were regularly mowed and ditched.


The design objectives were to restore the hydrologic connectivity of the stream and floodplain by raising the onsite streams, to maintain sediment transport through the valley transitions, and to decrease fine sediment input from bank erosion through creation of stable streams appropriate for the valleys.


Construction management techniques focused on reusing onsite materials wherever possible. Wetland grasses growing along the existing stream banks were harvested as sod mats and placed along the banks of the new channel. Brush cleared during construction was used to build brush riffles. Construction of the project was completed in 2011. The project is currently in the post-construction monitoring phase.