Services provided include preparation of the bank agreement documents; including a habitat management plan, monitoring plan, and burn plan; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Panther Habitat Unit Assessment; bank service area map; and schedule of management funding. Our staff conducted extensive coordination and negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to obtain approval of this bank. Other environmental services included vegetation/habitat mapping, listed species surveys, panther prey studies, and vegetation monitoring.
Long-term maintenance and management is currently being implemented, and financial assurances have been provided to ensure that the Bank will provide these ecological improvements in perpetuity. Also, long-term vegetation monitoring is being conducted to document restoration activities and the continued success of the Bank. In addition, continued panther prey population studies through distance sampling are being conducted to monitor and manage activities for the prey base population on the Bank.