TxDOT is preserving, restoring, enhancing and creating wetlands in all sections of the state. One of the ways is through wetlands banking projects, such as the Anderson Tract in the Tyler District, TxDOT's first wetlands bank.
Anderson Tract Bank Projects
The Anderson Tract gives TxDOT a wetlands bank for projects within the Atlanta, Lufkin, Paris and Tyler districts that also fall within the Sabine, Neches, Sulphur or Cypress river basins. All reasonable and feasible methods are used to avoid damage to wetlands at a project site. But when it can't be avoided, wetlands taken at a project site will be counted against the 2,243-acre bank at the ratio of 7:1, 5:1 or 3:1.
TxDOT expects the wetlands bank to serve the region for more than 15 years, saving time and money by providing a more efficient and effective permitting process.
The wetlands bank also preserves a section of fast-disappearing bottom land hardwoods, both for wildlife habitat and for recreation. Had the land not been preserved, it is known that timber companies planned to acquire it for clear cutting, destroying this valuable habitat for a half century or more.
Additional Wetlands Banks
TxDOT also has two additional wetlands banks, the 3,552-acre Coastal Bottomlands Mitigation Bank in the Houston District, which also serves the Yoakum District, and the 3,343-acre Blue Elbow Swamp in the Beaumont District.