The Upper Coastal Mitigation Bank (UCMB) is a sustainable stepping stone site between two Florida black bear ranges and has been identified as one of five key connections in a regional preserve complex of almost 1.7 million acres. Corridor links such as the UCMB improve the function of existing preserves by allowing genetic exchange between otherwise isolated wildlife populations. While this site had been approved for public acquisition in 2003, its high development potential ultimately put it out of reach.
Local benefits of the UCMB include protection of water quality in the Homosassa River and on-site spring run, and establishment of a “hub” connection between the river corridor and preserved lands north and south of the bank. The primary function of a mitigation bank is to provide meaningful, sustainable, and perpetual wetland values. The result is a highly diverse wildlife corridor that protects wetland functions at the local and regional levels.
The UCMB has been approved for State and Federal credits using UMAM.