Sunflower Land Trust (SLT) restored 33.5 of their Fleming Conservancy land for a mitigation bank, permitted by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District. The Platte Land Trust is the third-party conservation easement holder of SLT Mitigation Bank #1. Parties signed the conservation easement agreement on June 28, 2016. The mitigation bank is located between Derby and Rose Hill, Kansas. It will serve the Wichita and Sedgwick County area.
Sunflower Land Trust has been protecting and restoring the Fleming Conservancy since 2003. Originally farmed about 1851, the Sedgwick County, Kansas farm has slowly been converted from pasture, hay fields, and row crop into native grasslands, wetlands and streams. Surrounded by the Fleming Conservancy, the mitigation bank is protected from off-site environmental pollutants and future development.
The mitigation bank includes:
- 3,000 linear feet of Pole Cat Creek
- 11.7 acres of riparian habitat
- 5 acres of wetland pools
- 5.6 acres of wetland buffer habitat
- 7 acres of upland prairie buffer
The remaining 4.2 acres of upland native vegetation is not available for mitigation credits. Adjacent to the west, is Sunflower Land Trust’s In Lieu Fee #1 property.
Sunflower Land Trust Mitigation Bank #1
East 79th Street South and South 127th Street East, Derby, KS