PANTHER ISLAND MITIGATION BANK

In conjunction with the Wetlandsbank Group (www.WetlandsBank.com), which developed the state’s first successful mitigation bank, the Barron Collier Companies has created Panther Island Mitigation Bank, which is restoring a 2,775-acre area to the highest environmental standards in exchange for the issuance of credits for road construction and development. Its design incorporates important new techniques that enhance ecological value; as one example, a tiered marsh system was installed to afford wood storks, white pelicans, and sand hill cranes a continuous food source, even in abnormally high or low water conditions. When complete, it will be gifted, together with a perpetual maintenance fund, to the adjacent Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.