Westervelt Ecological Services
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Yellowleaf Mitigation Bank

Yellowleaf Mitigation Bank

Shelby County, AL

Stream Mitigation

Yellowleaf Mitigation Bank was Westervelt Ecological Services' first commercial stream and wetland mitigation in the Southeast. The bank was one of the first stream mitigation banks in Alabama and has met final success, on schedule with the 10-year release schedule.

Since the 1960's, the land was owned by Gulf States Paper Corporation, during which time it has been forested or managed for forest production.

Restoration and enhancement activities included the cessation of silviculture practices, exotic species control, prescribed burning, pine stand removal, tree planting, and regular monitoring.

The restoration of hydrology consisted of removal of roads and berms, as well as the filling of ditches.


Protecting Species

Four federally protected mussel species, including two species that are extremely rare and endangered (the triangular kidneyshell and Southern clubshell), and a state protected mussel species (Alabama spike) are found within the project site. The site is also home to the endangered Cylindrical lioplax, a federally endangered aquatic snail that was previously only known to the Cahaba basin. The Cahaba lily, a species of special concern, is also present. This lily is native to the major river systems of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.


Working with WES

"Westervelt is a leader in conservation management, and it is a pleasure to do business with its professional and knowledgeable staff. Freshwater Land Trust and Westervelt have been partners in conservation for 15 years, beginning with Yellow Leaf Mitigation Bank in Shelby County, AL. Since our first project, we have permanently protected over 2,500 acres in Central Alabama together. We are grateful for WES's generous financial support, and we look forward to working together on future mitigation banks." 


Elizabeth Sims

Land Conservation Director,

Freshwater Land Trust

Service Area

WES wants to answer all your questions related to compensatory mitigation. Whether you have issues related to service areas, credit types, ratios, or agency approvals- we are here to help.

The service area for the Yellowleaf Mitigation Bank includes all or portions of Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cherokee, Chilton, Cleburne, Coosa, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties.