Big Muddy Mitigation Bank
In October 2019, an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company LP acquired a stream mitigation bank site in Perry County, Illinois in the Big Muddy River watershed. The 158-acre agricultural and recreational property includes approximately 16,000 feet of streams that have been straightened and deepened to improve drainage for agriculture. Restoration plans include converting degraded streams into naturally meandering channels with defined bed features (e.g. riffles and pools) and large wood debris cover and substrate for aquatic organisms. Plans also include reconnecting the restored streams to their historic floodplains to improve the ecological and hydrological functioning of wetlands.