Engel Family Farms, Inc. has partnered with Ecosystem Services to implement a stream and wetland mitigation bank on the family owned 533 acre Angel Rose farm located in Sussex County, Virginia. Engel Family Farms is one of the leading family owned operations that farms over 20,000 acres of land throughout the state of Virginia and is responsible for a significant amount of grains produced and exported to dairy farms, flour mills, dairy/poultry operations and bio-diesel plants located across the country.
Ecosystem Services is working with the family to convert approximately 233 acres of Angel Rose Farm from existing ditches and floodplain cropland into coastal plain type streams, wetlands, and forest. The farm fronts the Nottoway River and is surrounded by and within immediate vicinity of several wildlife refuges and management areas and presents the opportunity to provide and expand on habitat for threatened and endangered species including the Red-cockaded Woodpecker.
- Provide mitigation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources
- Restore degraded stream and wetland systems
- Improve riparian and wetland habitat