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Avon Lake Road

The Avon Lake Road Mitigation Bank site is located west of Medina in Litchfield Township, on the east side of Avon Lake Road (State Route 83), approximately 0.5 miles north of Crow Road, Medina County, Ohio. The Avon Lake Road site is owned by the Medina County Park District and comprises a total of ±146 acres including ±98 acres of agricultural cropland, ±27 acres of existing forest and forest-wetland complex and ±21 acres herbaceous wetlands. Wetland restoration will include approximately 40.3 acres wetland reestablishment and ±8.5 acres of wetland establishment within the ±98 acre agricultural fields located within the overall site.

The Avon Lake Road Wetland Mitigation Bank is located in the headwater areas of three unnamed tributaries reaching about four miles west to the East Branch of the Black River, USGS HUC #04110001, part of the Black River subbasin. The geographic service area includes the entire HUC #04110001 (Black/Rocky River) in which the mitigation banking site is located. In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, compensatory mitigation for impacts to Category 1 isolated wetlands or 0.5 acres or less of Category 2 isolated wetlands permitted under a level one review may be located at any mitigation bank within the Ohio portion of the regulatory boundaries of the Buffalo Corps District, including Avon Lake Road Mitigation Bank.

The overall site includes agricultural fields, mature upland and wetland second growth forest complex and herbaceous wetlands located in the Low Lime Drift Plain, a subregion of the Erie/Ontario Drift and Lake Plain. Restoration will add new forested and emergent wetland habitats and a range of hydrology zones, potentially important habitat for wildlife (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects/invertebrates) and potential feeding, breeding, nesting and rearing habitats, as well as migratory pathways to the adjacent forest and with adjacent connections in this part of Medina County via the headwater drainage tributary system. The overall ecosystem including the new restoration and existing nearby forest areas would comprise nearly 380 acres of contiguous wildlife habitat and should be considered an important regional natural resource.

Credits are currently pending at Avon Lake Road.

 

Avon Lake Road | Litchfield Township

 

Avon Lake Road | Litchfield Township