ERC specializes in mitigation bank permits, implementation and management. Mitigation bank services include Feasibility Assessments, Pro Forma Analysis, Site Selection, Development & Permits, Implementation & Management, Qualified Mitigation Supervisor (State & Federal), Credit Ledger Maintenance, Credit Sale Broker & Negotiations, Landscape Modeling, Success Criteria Monitoring, Adaptive Management Consultations, Plant Acquisition & Installation, Invasive Species Identification & Eradication, Herbicide Application and Treatment (UF IFAS Certified Applicator), Seed Bank Studies, Seed Collection & Application, Hydrology Analysis, Design & Modeling and Forestry Management. We also broker credits and assist clients in selling credits to private and public entities.
As a restoration practitioner, ERC creates healthy landscapes that restore ecosystem resilience and function to degraded ecosystems by identifying appropriate reference models, measuring the models and applying measurable biological metrics to restoration sites. ERC’S models create appropriate and attainable success criteria. The criteria, when compared with the monitoring data, provide a description of the restoration progress. ERC collects reference site data from various, well-managed sites throughout north Florida that is used in mitigation planning, design, implementation and monitoring develop the most achievable and scientifically-based performance standards possible.
The monitoring methods used to collect reference site data and all data on ERG-managed restoration sites is efficient, repeatable and adaptable to all sites and landscapes. When the US Army Corps of Engineers methods used to collect reference site data and all data on ERG-managed restoration sites is efficient, repeatable and adaptable to all sites and landscapes. When the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated their compensatory mitigation rule in 2008, ERC’s monitoring methodology was used as a nationwide model to meet the monitoring requirements of the rule.
ERC has also conducted seed bank studies within altered landscapes to determine develop species richness and species diversity targets. Seed bank studies provide predictive data that enables ERC to create scientifically based performance standards. The seed bank data, when combined with the reference site data, allows for appropriate landscape scale targets and ensures successful revegetation of altered landscapes. ERC then uses adaptive management to create a landscape that is trending toward restoration goals and ultimate success.