BOX CREEK WILDERNESS MITIGATION BANK

MCDOWELL & RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA

The Box Creek Wilderness (BCW) Mitigation Bank is a cool stream bank located in Rutherford and McDowell counties in the Upper Broad watershed (HUC - 03050105).  The bank’s service area includes portions of the Towns of Belwood, Boiling Springs, Columbus, Forest City, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, and Spindale, the Cities of Kings Mountain and Shelby, and the Counties of Buncombe, Cleveland, Gaston, Henderson, Lincoln, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford. No other mitigation banks serve this area.

The BCW Mitigation Bank is approximately 6,800 acres in total.  The Bank Site includes 5,040 acres of this area, as well as approximately 45 miles of pristine cool water streams.  Buffer widths on the streams range from 200 feet to 500 feet, at least six times the minimum mandatory buffer width for mitigation.