Long relegated to the dwindling natural lands of South Florida, the Florida panther has a new hope to restoring its population numbers. Scientists and environmentalists have long acknowledged for the species to make a comeback from the brink of extinction it would be necessary to create a wildlife corridor extending North of the Caloosahatchee River.
|Description||The location of Panther Passage Conservation Bank, inside the panther dispersal zone, provides a strategic advantage not only to the survival of the Florida panther, but to the success of the business venture that will preserve these lands.|
|Type of Credits available||Federal panther habitat credits for impacts both north and south of the Caloosahatchee River.|
|Federal Credit Availability||Click here.|
|State Credit Availability||N/A|
|Point of Contact||Desmond Duke
With approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Panther Passage has positioned itself to become the preeminent panther habitat conservation bank of Southwest Florida. The location of Panther Passage Conservation Bank, inside the panther dispersal zone, provides a strategic advantage not only to the survival of the Florida panther, but to the success of the business venture that will preserve these lands. Panther Passage will be the only pre-approved conservation bank able to provide panther habitat credits for impacts both north and south of the Caloosahatchee River. The size and location of the conservation bank will generate a large supply of panther habitat credits, providing the most affordable mitigation options for the region to balance conservation goals with sustainable development.
Panther Passage Conservation Bank will be represented by the Wetlandsbank Company, a pioneer in the ecosystems market, which has founded some of the first and most successful examples of environmental mitigation banking efforts in Florida and the United States. In October of 2009, The Wetlandsbank Company received international recognition when Panther Island Mitigation Bank was the first mitigation bank included in the designation of a wetland of international importance from the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Wetlandsbank Company commits itself to providing sustainable solutions to development activities which impact the natural environment by creating profitable and principled projects which restore impaired lands to a productive and functional state. By transferring their project’s mitigation obligations to Panther pas-sage clients benefit by:
- Being provided one fixed predetermined fee with no cost overruns.
- The prevention of assets being tied up.
- Optimizing the full potential of the proposed site.
- Reducing permitting time.
- Providing regulatory certainty with no hidden surprises.
- Streamlining the development process.
- Enhancing project value.
- Working with a team who understands your concerns.
- Contributing to significant environmental enhancement.