Pre-restoration conditions consisted of active farm fields that had historically been part of a forested headwater wetland complex.

Vernal pool, habitat areas were created within the restored wetland complex.

The entire project site is protected from excessive deer browsing by a deer exclusion fence and a healthy understory is returning to the forested areas.

Natural hydrology was restored and additional vernal pools were created within the forested areas using ditch-plugging techniques.

Cranbury Mitigation Bank

Location: Cranbury Township, Middlesex County, NJ

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Available Credits

  • Freshwater Wetland Credits
  • Riparian Zone Credits

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Project Summary: The Cranbury Mitigation Bank was created to provide compensation for permitted impacts to wetlands, transition area, riparian zone, and/or critical wildlife habitat. Freshwater wetland credits can be purchased to satisfy State/Federal mitigation requirements as well as enforcement related impacts within the entire Raritan Basin, Watershed Management Areas (WMA) 8, 9, and 10. Riparian zone credits can purchased to satisfy State mitigation requirements within the Millstone Basin (WMA 10) and the rest of the Raritan Basin (WMAs 9 and 10) on a case by case basis.

This 138 acre site was historically (pre-settlement) a headwater forested system comprised of riparian/palustrine forested wetlands and uplands. A century’s worth of intensive farming, plus surrounding development resulted in the severe impairment of the sites’ natural resource functions and values. Our ecologists restored the project site by converting 80 acres of active agricultural fields back to its roots as a forested headwater wetlands/uplands complex; restoring hydrology to 37 acres of ditched, drained and impaired headwater forested wetlands; restoring 1,500 linear feet of historic headwater stream and enhancing 37 acres of zero and first order stream habitat; restoring and enhancing over 65 acres of riparian wetlands and uplands, enhanced and created 13 vernal pools (five currently certified by NJDEP), and enhanced/restored/created habitat for vernal species, wood turtle, barred owl & other interior dwelling species.

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