The Path to Conservation.
Pineywoods Mitigation Bank (PMB) is the result of six years of cooperative work between the Conservation Fund, GMO Renewable Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with contributions from each of the federal agencies that comprise the Interagency Review Team. After being permitted in 2008 the mitigation bank became the largest in Texas and the second largest in the country. In October of 2010, Pineywoods East Texas Investment Partners (PETIP), acquired PMB and took over the stewardship of the property. Through adaptive management and a boots on the ground approach, PETIP was able to optimize the conservation activities ensuring more effective restoration and protection of the over 19,000 acres. See the stepping stones of our conservation success for this unique ecosystem within the Big Thicket of East Texas.
It is a goal of the mitigation bank to take the once commercial timber lands within the boundaries of the tract and restore them to pre-settlement bottomland hardwood forests. Since its inception, Pineywoods has planted over 1,000,000 trees towards this effort.
DAVY CROCKETT & ANGELINA NATIONAL FORESTS
Pineywoods has a permanent conservation easement on over 19,000 acres along the Neches River. Besides restoring the functions of this bottomland hardwood forest it also acts as wildlife corridor between the Angelina and Davy Crockett National Forests.
Grants for Grads
The owners and operators of Pineywoods feel that this unique habitat is not only a resource for the watershed, but for the local community. Pineywoods sponsors graduate students from Stephen F. Austin University and provides them access to do research projects on the bank.
Besides providing a comprehensive, cost effective and higher quality conservation solution, Pineywoods also inherits the liability of a project’s mitigation through the purchasing of credits.