Mitigation Solutions USA (MSUSA) Announces Additional Release of American Burying Beetle Endangered Species Credits from Oklahoma’s Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank
MSUSA’s Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank has available American Burying Beetle species credits.
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MSUSA is pleased to announce the second release of Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank credits in Oklahoma. With the completion of habitat enhancement activities, approximately 253 additional species credits are now available for projects in Central and Eastern Oklahoma.
“We will be expanding our bank with an additional 579 acres to provide more credits to meet the demand for future projects”
Muddy Boggy is home to the American Burying Beetle (ABB), a species listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as critically endangered. This bank services unavoidable impacts due to various development activities that occur within the USFWS ABB consultation range and ABB Priority areas that cover the majority of eastern Oklahoma. ABB Priority areas are within Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Muskogee, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Osage, Seminole, and Sequoyah counties.
As multiple pipelines and transmission lines are slated to supply product to the remainder of the U.S., Oklahoma has become a critically strategic area, with Cushing, OK serving as the largest U.S. oil-storage hub and delivery point for oil futures. Muddy Boggy will be a key component in the permitting process for all developers, including those in oil and gas (E&P, midstream, and downstream), government infrastructure, and transportation.
“We will be expanding our bank with an additional 579 acres to provide more credits to meet the demand for future projects,” says Courtney Greer, our ecological market developer with Advanced Ecology.
Why purchase conservation credits?
“Species credits operate very similarly to wetland credits,” says Terry McKenzie, president. “Developers who choose to purchase these credits can rest easy knowing they were established by environmental experts and their liability has been completely eliminated.”
MSUSA was founded in 2007 and has since been instrumental in creating environmental mitigation and conservation in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alaska. Along with its affiliates, MSUSA has invested over 60 million dollars in developing wetland and stream mitigation as well as species conservation projects. We have 19 Mitigation Banks in various stages of completion, 16 Permittee-Responsible Mitigation Sites, and 1 Conservation Bank.