Hole-in-the-Donut In Lieu Fee/Mitigation Credit Reservation Portal

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Welcome! Everglades National Park manages an In-Lieu Fee and Mitigation Bank that can provide compensatory mitigation credits to the public. If you are in the process of obtaining one or more regulatory permits due to unavoidable impacts to wetlands as a result of your development activities, you are in the right place. This site provides information on how to complete an application for and reserve Palustrine Freshwater Emergent mitigation credits.

Note: Applications can not be submitted directly through this webpage. Applicants must download, fill out and email forms to ever_hid_credit_application@nps.gov.

For more information on Everglades National Park's Hole-in-the-Donut (HID) wetland restoration project, click here.



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Date: August 16, 2018

Credit Availability Status:

*Please be advised, our credit price is going to increase.  This may become effective before the next credit release. The exact credit price is under review but the price increase will likely be significant.*

At this time, the HID project does not have available credits. We are working to have additional credits released to the HID project in September and November, 2018. We are not keeping a waiting list.

In anticipation of the release of additional credits, we will accept applications on Thursday September 20th, 2018 beginning at 8:00 am. Reservation requests received before 8:00 am, the morning of September 20th will not be processed. We expect demand to exceed the availability of credits. We will process requests for reservations received on September 20th, on an individual basis according to the order in which we receive applications in our email inbox. We will not process a group request for multiple reservations; each email and application must pertain to an individual project.
Check this website often for credit availability status updates, or click on the “Subscribe” button above to receive notifications of changes in credit availability.


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Hole-in-the-Donut Policies

  • Reservation letters are valid for a 6 month period.
  • Mitigation credit amounts can be modified up (if available) or down.
  • The HID is not obliged to provide additional credits to a project if they are not available.
  • Reservations cannot be made without a permit or permit application number.
  • The HID does NOT alert customers when their reservation is nearing expiration.
  • Reservations that have expired, by even one day, require a new application.
  • There are no refunds on paid reservations.
  • Purchased credits are non-transferrable.
  • Applications received must be for single projects.
  • Applications/modifications are processed on a first come first served basis.
  • A waiting list for credits is not maintained by the project.
  • Credits on expired reservations are retained by/released back to the project.
  • The availability of credits is provided on the Hole-in-the-Donut In Lieu Fee/Mitigation Credit Reservation Portal (https://www.nps.gov/ever/getinvolved/hole-in-the-donut-mitigation-bank.htm). We do not notify individuals directly or otherwise advertise the availability of credits.
  • Only applications received after the date and time credits are retained or otherwise released to the project are processed. Applications received before the date and time will not be processed.
  • The project reserves the right, at its convenience, not to provide credits to the public (regardless of their availability) until a date and time of their choosing.

Last updated: August 16, 2018

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