Mud Slough Mitigation Bank

Category: Restoration, privately owned with Wetlands Conservancy easement.
Location: Near Rickreall, Oregon.
Size: 550 acres.

A short video about Mud Slough Mitigation Bank is available


The site was farmed by the Knaupp family for grass seed production until 1993 when the family put a voluntary easement on 320 acres of their property through the Wetland Reserve Program. Through this program they received technical and financial assistance to restore the agricultural land into wetland. By 1996, 400 acres of farmland had been restored to wetland including significant areas of wetland prairie. The Knaupp family later turned portions of the site into a wetland mitigation bank beginning in 2000. In 2005, the Knaupp family approached the Wetlands Conservancy, asking them to hold a conservation easement on the property for perpetuity. Since 1996 the land has made a great recovery and hosts a large number of native plant and animal species. The mitigation bank is now completing the fourth phase of restoration and is having good success with increasing forb diversity in the latest phase.


The site contains a mix of shallow water habitats, willow patches, and wetland prairie.

Access and Contact

No public access. For information, contact The Wetlands Conservancy at 503-227-0778.