Restoration Systems is excited to share the news of our latest (and greatest) proposal for a mitigation bank outside of North Carolina. RS, the Katy Prairie Conservancy of Houston, and the Warren family have entered a long-term Joint Venture to develop the nation’s largest stream mitigation bank on the 6000 acre Warren Ranch in northwestern Harris County.
The historic Warren Ranch is the largest working cattle ranch in Harris County and one of the last remaining spreads of its character and size on the perimeter of Houston. As proposed, the bank will service the compensatory mitigation needs of nearly six million people as the city sprawls westward. All told, the project will restore, enhance and preserve streams and wetlands over 20 miles of the ranch.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy, one of Texas’ oldest and most respected Land Trusts, plans to dedicate their share of project proceeds to help retire the debt on the Warren Ranch and restore and permanently protect it to native prairie grassland. The prairie ecosystem west of Houston has suffered severe degradation in the past. Today it faces obliteration by the relentless march of the city to the west.
RS is very fortunate to have found our farsighted partners, the KPC, its Executive Director Mary Anne Piacentini, and the Warren family. We look forward to filing you in on the details of the project and updating you as it progresses. For now, please enjoy the videos below of the Flat Out Wonderful Warren Ranch.