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Signed MBI - Loop RoadDocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 ROY COOPER Governor ELIZABETH S. BISER Secretary RICHARD E. ROGERS, JR. Director NORTH CAROLINA Environmental Quality August 11, 2023 TO: Richard Rogers Director — Division of Water Resources FROM: Katie Merritt Nutrient Offset Buffer Banking Coordinator THROUGH: Stephanie Goss Supervisor - 401 & Buffer Permitting Branch SUBJECT: Division Approval of the Loop Road Mitigation Banking Instrument for Nutrient Offset and Riparian Buffer Mitigation Credits pursuant to the Neuse River Basin Nutrient Management Strategy for Wildlands Holdings IX, LLC. The attached final Mitigation Banking Instrument (MBI) between Wildlands Holdings IX, LLC and the Division of Water Resources was placed on public notice and made available for public comments on July 18, 2023. The public comment period ended on August 1, 2023 and no comments were received on the draft MBI. DEQ Legal counsel assisted with and agrees with the final template for which all our MBI documents are drafted from. DWR staff (Katie Merritt) has reviewed the attached final MBI and it is ready for your review. If you approve of the MBI, please sign on page 17 and return the document to Katie Merritt for final execution. DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 ID#* 20201938 Select Reviewer: Katie Merritt Initial Review Completed Date 07/13/2023 Mitigation Project Submittal - 7/13/2023 Version * 2 Is this a Prospectus, Technical Proposal or a New Site?* Type of Mitigation Project:* Stream Wetlands Buffer Nutrient Offset (Select all that apply) Project Contact Information Contact Name: Kaitlyn Hogarth Project Information ID#:* 20201938 Existing ID# Project Type: DMS Mitigation Bank Project Name: Loop Road Mitigation Bank Parcel County: Wayne Document Information Yes No Email Address: * khogarth@wildlandseng.com Version:* 2 Existing Version Mitigation Document Type:* Mitigation Bank Instrument File Upload: Loop Road Final MBI.pdf 581.56KB Please upload only one PDF of the complete file that needs to be submitted... Signature Print Name:* Kaitlyn Hogarth Signature: * �1Y,sj+�r yyo�2tt�F DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH THE LOOP ROAD MITIGATION BANKING INSTRUMENT IN THE NEUSE RIVER BASIN FOR NUTRIENT OFFSET AND RIPARIAN BUFFER MITIGATION CREDITS PURSUANT TO THE NEUSE RIVER BASIN NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY TABLE OF CONTENTS PREAMBLE............................................................................................................................... 2 II. LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHIC SERVICE AREA.............................................................................. 2 III. AUTHORITIES........................................................................................................................... 3 IV. ESTABLISHMENT OF BANK PARCEL............................................................................................ 3 V. PRE CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION............................................................................................ 5 VI. POST CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION.................................................................................. 7 VII. CALCULATION OF CREDITS...................................................................................................... 10 VIII. CREDIT RELEASE SCHEDULE..................................................................................................... 12 IX. PROCEDURE FOR DEBITING AND CREDITING............................................................................ 13 X. BANK PARCEL CLOSURE.......................................................................................................... 14 XI. GENERAL PROVISIONS............................................................................................................ 15 ATTACHMENTS A - Division of Water Resources Authority Document B —Ledger Templates C- Project Credit Table (example) 1. Nutrient Offset Payment Rule: http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title%2015a%20-%20envi ronmental%20guaIity/chapter%2002%20- %20environmental%20management/subchapter%20b/15a%20ncac%2002b%20.0703.pdf 2. Riparian Buffer Mitigation Rule: http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title%2015a%20-%20envi ronmental%20guaIity/chapter%2002%20- %20environmental%20management/subchapter%20b/15a%20ncac%2002b%20.0295.pdf 3. NC Session Law 2019- 86 " Nutrient Offset Credits": https://ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/SessionLaws/HTML/2019-2020/SL2019-86. html 4. Buffer Interpretation/ Clarification # 2008- 019 for diffuse flow: https://fi les. nc.gov/ncdeq/Water%20QualitV/Surface%20Water%20Protection/401/Buffer%20CIarification%2 OMemos/Diffuse-Flow-for-Buffer-Mitigation-Sites-Buffer-Clarification-Memo-20080819.pdf 5. Clarified Procedures for Calculating Buffer Mitigation Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits (November 2019): https://fi les. nc.gov/ncdeq/Water%20Qua I ity/Surface%20Water%20Protection/401/M itigation/Issues--- Resolutions-Ver-1.0-buffer-m itigation-nutrient-offset. pdf 6. NCDWR — Methodology and Calculations for Nutrient Reductions on the Bank Parcel: https://fi les. nc.gov/ncdeq/Water%20QuaI ity/Planni ng/N PU/Nutrient%20Offset%20Rule/Ag- Buff er-Credit. pdf 1 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 I. PREAMBLE This Mitigation Banking Instrument ("Instrument") regarding the establishment, use, operation, and maintenance of the Loop Road Bank Parcel ("Bank Parcel") to provide Neuse Riparian Buffer mitigation credits ("Riparian Buffer Credits") and Neuse Nutrient Strategy nutrient load reduction credit ("Nutrient Offset Credits") is made and entered into by and among Wildlands Holdings IX, LLC acting as the Bank Sponsor ("Sponsor") and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality — Division of Water Resources ("DWR"). This Instrument is in accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0703 and the Consolidated Mitigation Rule 15A NCAC 02B .0295, which became effective on April 1, 2020 and November 1, 2015 respectively (Reference Numbers 1 and 2). The purpose of the Bank is: A. To restore and preserve riparian vegetation adjacent to streams and agricultural ditches with the intent to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loads, enhance flood attenuation and restore wildlife habitat along unnamed tributaries and ditches within the Neuse River Basin. B. To convert agricultural land uses within riparian areas adjacent to streams and/or agricultural ditches into a dense and diverse, hardwood vegetated state with the intent to significantly reduce nutrient loadings associated with agricultural practices into streams and ditches. C. To provide buffer mitigation and nutrient offsets and sell any resulting Riparian Buffer Credits and/or Nutrient Offset Credits to third parties in specific areas within the Neuse River Basin for development (both existing and proposed) or to offset NPDES-permitted wastewater nutrient sources requiring such mitigation or offset. II. LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHIC SERVICE AREA A. The Geographic Service Area ("GSA") is the designated area wherein a Bank can reasonably be expected to sell Riparian Buffer Credits and/or Nutrient Offset Credits for impacts due to development activities. B. The GSA for these Bank Parcels is limited to the United States Geological Survey ("USGS") 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code ("HUC") 03020201 of the Neuse River Basin, excluding the Falls Lake Watershed. C. Sale or transfer of Riparian Buffer Credits shall be limited to the 8-digit HUC 03020201 in the Neuse River Basin, excluding the Falls Lake Watershed, unless otherwise authorized by the DWR or delegated local government in accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0295. D. Sale or transfer of Nutrient Offset Credits shall be limited to the 8-digit HUC 03020201 in the Neuse River Basin, excluding the Falls Lake Watershed in accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0703, unless otherwise authorized by the DWR in accordance with Session Law (S.L.) 2019-86 E. The Loop Road Bank Parcel is comprised of land currently used for crop production. Table 1.0 provides site -specific details of the Bank Parcel Proposed under this Instrument. 2 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 Table 1.0— Bank Parcel Details Bank 8-Digit USGS Named Parcel County Hydrologic Unit Project Receiving Primary Name/DWR Code Location Stream Land Use/s Project # Loop Road/ 35.283350' N 2020- Wayne 03020201 -78.131426' Agriculture River River 1938v2 W III. AUTHORITIES A. The Bank will be used to provide Riparian Buffer Credit and/or Nutrient Offset Credit in accordance with the requirements in the DWR Authority document referenced herein as "Attachment A" and attached to this Instrument. B. Projects eligible for utilization of the credits are those requiring authorization under the requirements of Attachment A and any new approved North Carolina ("State") statutes and rules for the Neuse Nutrient Sensitive Waters Management Strategy. C. The selling of credits generated from the Bank Parcel approved under this Instrument shall be consistent with approved State statutes and rules for the Neuse Nutrient Sensitive Waters Management Strategy. D. Nutrient reduction activities and buffer mitigation activities proposed under this Instrument and corresponding Bank Parcel Development Package (BPDP) to generate Riparian Buffer Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits shall be consistent with State statutes and rules for the Neuse Nutrient Sensitive Waters Management Strategy that are in place at the time a complete BPDP is submitted to DWR. IV. ESTABLISHMENT OF BANK PARCEL A. In accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0295 and 15A NCAC 02B .0703, DWR has provided a "Site Viability Letter" for the Bank Parcels proposed under this Instrument. The Site Viability Letter is not an approval of the site to generate Riparian Buffer Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits, but is a preliminary review of the Bank Parcel that details and confirms existing land use conditions, defines the riparian sites (Enhancement, Preservation, or Restoration), and identifies features (streams, ditches, ponds, etc.) that meet general criteria to be suitable to generate Riparian Buffer Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits. Table 2.0 below outlines when a Site Viability Letter was issued by DWR for the Bank Parcels proposed under this Instrument: 3 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 Table 2.0 — Site Viability Letter Details Bank Parcel NC DWR Site Viability Letter Viability Letter Evaluation Received Expiration Date Loop Road June 7, 2021 July 27, 2021 July 27, 2023 C. A valid Site Viability Letter is required prior to submittal of each BPDP. Site Viability Letters will either expire on the dates listed in the table above or upon submittal of an individual As -Built Report to the DWR, whichever comes first. If a Site Viability Letter expires prior to submittal of a complete BPDP as described in Section V to DWR, then the Sponsor must submit a formal request to DWR for a new Site Viability Letter for that Bank Parcel. D. The Bank Parcel proposed for inclusion under this Instrument shall require a BPDP be submitted to, and approved, by the DWR prior to use of the individual Bank Parcel for buffer mitigation and nutrient offset purposes or the sale or transfer of any associated credits. The contents of the BPDP are provided in Section V. E. The BPDP submitted under this instrument will be placed on public notice and made available for public commenting for 15 calendar days. F. In general, Riparian Buffer Credit may be achieved on these Bank Parcels through restoration of DWR riparian buffers asthey are defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0714, and other riparian areas as allowed per 15A NCAC 02B .0295 (n) and (o) where applicable. Riparian buffer credits are only attainable if the width of the riparian areas are at least 20 feet from tops of banks along streams and at least 30 feet from tops of banks along viable ditches when measuring perpendicular and landward from tops of banks. Riparian buffer credits are attainable to a maximum of 200 feet from tops of banks of streams and a maximum of 50 feet from tops of banks of viable ditches. The viability of features to generate Riparian Buffer Credit is provided in the Site Viability Letter for the Bank Parcel and referenced in Table 2.0 of this Instrument. G. The Bank Parcel is intended to provide Neuse Riparian Buffer Credit as follows: 1. Planting hardwood trees on a Restoration Site as defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0295 (b) adjacent to viable ditches. 2. Performing minor bank stabilization and grading where bank stability is compromised and where erosional rills, sink holes and gullies are observed. 3. Diffused flow will be maintained onsite to the maximum extent practicable. The Buffer Interpretation/Clarification Memo #2008-019 may be applied where maintenance of diffuse flow onsite is unattainable. H. Nutrient Offset Credit may be achieved on the Bank Parcels through restoration of the riparian areas adjacent to streams and ditches where agriculture was determined by DWR to be the predominant land use. On the Bank Parcel, the width of the riparian restoration area will begin M DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 at the top of bank or the rooted herbaceous vegetation and extends landward a minimum of 50 feet and a maximum of 200 feet on all sides of the surface waters. A conservation easement will be secured to include the tops of all channel and ditch banks and will extend out a maximum of 200 feet from streams and viable ditches. For this Bank Parcel, the confluence of the ditch and downstream intermittent stream will also be secured with a conservation easement to preserve the hydrological connectivity of the ditch to the stream. The viability of features to generate nutrient offset credit is provided in the Site Viability Letters for the Bank Parcels and referenced in Table 2.0 of this Instrument. I. The Bank Parcel is expected to provide Nutrient Offset Credits in accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0703 as follows: 1. Converting agricultural land uses within riparian areas to non-agricultural land uses by placing a perpetual conservation easement around riparian areas along streams and viable ditches in accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0703 (g). 2. Planting hardwood trees on a Restoration Site as defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0295 (b) adjacent to streams and viable ditches where agriculture has been determined by DWR to be the predominant land use. 3. Diffused flow will be maintained onsite to the maximum extent practicable. The Buffer Interpretation/Clarification Memo #2008-019 may be applied where maintenance of diffuse flow onsite is unattainable. I. The total area of riparian restoration activities on the Bank Parcel is expected to be approximately 13.8 acres. V. PRE -CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION Bank Parcel Development Package A. The BPDP submitted under this Instrument shall be submitted to DWR for review and must be approved by DWR prior to any construction on the Bank Parcel. The BPDP will describe any changes that have occurred to the site between the date of the Site Viability Letter and the date the BPDP is submitted to DWR. The BPDP shall include detailed information consistent with the sections below concerning; 1) site location (8-digit HUC is required); 2) existing conditions with current photos; 3) proposed buffer mitigation and nutrient offset activities including a detailed vegetation plan; 4) monitoring and maintenance plans; 5) financial assurances; 6) A Project Credit Table (see Attachment C) showing associated buffer /nutrient credit calculations, which shall include credit generation, service area, and accounting as appropriate for each regulatory authority; 7) stream buffer determination letter from DWR; 8) Site Viability Letter from DWR; 9) service area figure for each mitigation type proposed under this Instrument, and 10)all pertinent information including but not limited to permitting, bank stabilization, culvert removal, installation of any utilities indirectly or directly affecting the Bank Parcel, endangered or 61 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 threatened species, presence of historical sites and an Environmental Data Resources (EDR) report to evaluate environmental risk associated with the land proposed for the Bank. B. The Sponsor will obtain all applicable federal, state and local documentation, permits, or authorizations needed to construct and maintain the Bank Parcel. This Instrument does not qualify as, or substitute for, such documentation, permit, or authorization. C. Any restoration activities or proposed construction within the stream channels, riparian buffers and other riparian areas on the Bank Parcel to produce Riparian Buffer Credit and/or Nutrient Offset Credit must be approved by DWR in writing prior to implementation. The failure of the Sponsor to comply with this requirement may result in a revised or reduced credit release schedule. D. Requests for deviation from the approved BPDP must be submitted to DWR in writing. Written approval from the DWR must be received prior to implementing any deviation from the approved BPDP. Property Disposition & Long -Term Management E. Prior to the release of any credits, the Sponsor shall record permanent conservation easements at the Wayne County Register of Deed's office that is sufficient to ensure protection, operation, and maintenance of restored riparian buffers and other riparian areas for the duration specified in the approved BPDPs. F. The form of the conservation easement shall be consistent with the standards employed by the State of North Carolina in the protection of restored riparian buffers and riparian areas and shall be approved by the DWR prior to the release of any credits. G. The Sponsor shall not grant additional easements, right of ways, or any other property interest in or to the project areas, without prior approval from the DWR. H. The Sponsor agrees to assign the conservation easement and its interests in perpetuity to a qualified holder under NC General Statute ("GS") 121-34 et seq. and 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code prior to the submittal of the Year 4 Monitoring Report. The holder shall be a land trust or stewardship program that will hold and enforce the conservation easement and the interests in perpetuity. The Sponsor shall choose a land trust or stewardship program that is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and/or has been approved by DWR prior to the end of the fourth year monitoring period. A land trust must be certified under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. I. In the event the Sponsor is also the owner of the underlying fee interest in the property the conveyance of the conservation easement to a land trust or stewardship fund must be arranged at the outset of the approved BPDP. Financial Assurances for Bank Parcel Development 6 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 J. Following approval of the BPDP, the Sponsors ha I I provide Performance/Maintenance Bonds from a surety company that is rated no less than an "A-" as rated by A.M. Best, to construct the sites according to the approved BPDP. It is the Sponsor's responsibility to confirm that the surety company is rated no less than an "A-" with each annual bond renewal. K. The amount of the Performance Bond shall be 100% of the estimated cost for implementation of the riparian restoration and other related activities for the construction of the Bank Parcel as described in the approved BPDP. No bond shall be less than $150,000.00 to cover construction costs. L. Alternatively, in lieu of posting a Performance Bond, the Sponsor may elect to construct the Bank Parcel prior to the first credit release. M. Once DWR has released all credits for completion of all items listed below, then the Bank Sponsor will be released from its performance obligations under the performance bond required in Item J and K of this section: 1. Instrument and BPDP Approved by DWR, Conservation Easement Recorded, Financial Assurance Posted; 2. All riparian earthwork & mitigation activities, planting and installation of monitoring devices completed, easement boundaries adequately marked, all applicable permits obtained, site visit performed by DWR; 3. Monitoring financial assurance posted and approval of As -Built report; N. To comply with this section, DWR must be the Obligee on all performance bonds. VI. POST CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION As -Built Report A. The Sponsor agrees to perform all necessary work, in accordance with the provisions of this Instrument and corresponding BPDP, to establish, maintain, and monitor Neuse Riparian Buffers or other riparian areas until Items B (1) and (2) of Section X have been satisfied. B. Within 30 calendar days after completing the establishment of the buffer mitigation and nutrient offset areas, the Sponsor will submit written notification to DWR documenting that all buffer mitigation and nutrient offset activities have been completed. Failure to submit written notification within 30 days may result in a modified credit release schedule or a delay in the issuance of credit releases. Notification shall include all the following: 1. Short summary of activities completed as required per the approved BPDP; 2. Figures representing all riparian restoration, riparian enhancement and riparian preservation activities where applicable; 3. Figures representing location of all monitoring plots installed; 4. Detailed planting plan- including type of species planted, density of species planted, and any modifications to the planting plan from what was approved in the BPDP; 5. Description of how the conservation easement boundaries were marked; and 7 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 6. Any major changes to the conservation easement boundary or to the amount of Riparian Buffer Credits and/or Nutrient Offset Credits from what was proposed in the approved BPDP. C. The Sponsor will submit an as -built plan and report to the DWR for the Bank Parcel after completing the establishment of the buffer mitigation and nutrient offset areas. The As -Built report will describe any deviation from the approved BPDP and will document all the following: 1. Riparian restoration and enhancement planting details and other construction activities that were required in the BPDP, confirmation that all boundary markers are installed, invasive species control, monitoring device locations, vegetation plot locations, and photo point locations. 2. Boundary Survey of the conservation easement area, signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor, including an inventory of the final mitigation areas for Riparian Buffer Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits in both square feet and acres. 3. As -built map of the buffer mitigation and nutrient offset areas showing where riparian activities were performed and any deviations to the Bank Parcel from what was approved in the BPDP. 4. Aerial map of the buffer mitigation and nutrient offset areas that was included in the approved BPDP. Financial Assurance for Monitoring and Maintenance D. After completion of the riparian restoration and mitigation activities on the Bank Parcel, a separate Performance/ Maintenance Bond will be secured for 100% of the estimated cost to implement the monitoring and maintenance plan as described in the approved BPDP and As -Built Report. The Bond must be from a surety company that is rated no less than an "A-' as rated by A.M. Best, and it is the Sponsor's responsibility to confirm the surety company is still rated no less than an "A-" with each annual bond renewals. E. A Performance/Maintenance Bond shall be secured each year for a minimum of five years, and until DWR has released all Riparian Buffer Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits to the Bank Sponsor. Upon DWR approval, the bond may be lowered each year based on the adjusted cost to complete the monitoring. No bond shall be less than $100,000 to cover monitoring and maintenance costs initially. F. Once DWR has released 100% of all credits for completion of all Bank Parcel milestones described in Table 3 of Section VI II, the Bank Sponsor will be released from its performance obligations under the performance bond required in D and E in this section. G. To comply with this section, DWR must be the Obligee on all performance bonds. Monitoring and Maintenance Reports 0 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 H. The Sponsor shall monitor the Bank Parcel as described in the BPDP until such time as DWR determines that the performance standards described below have been met. The monitoring period shall be a minimum of five consecutive years for each Bank Parcel. Performance Standards for Vegetation: Native hardwood trees or native hardwood tree and shrub species should be planted at a density sufficient to provide 260 stems per acre after five years. A minimum of four (4) native hardwood trees or four (4) native hardwood tree and shrub species must be planted. No one species shall be greater than 50% of the planted stems. A list of species for planting will be detailed in the BPDP for approval. Native hardwood tree volunteer species may be included to meet performance standards as determined by the DWR. A "stem" means a woody seedling, sapling, shrub or tree, no less than 10 centimeters in height and shall apply, on the Bank Parcels, to the minimum height that a planted tree or shrub shall be at initial planting. Volunteer stems that are less than 10 centimeters shall not be quantified and included in the annual vegetation data included with the monitoring reports. K. If the performance standards of the vegetation are not met, supplemental plantings may be required. Supplemental plantings will be utilized until the required densities have been achieved and maintained for five years. Bank Parcel maintenance, such as ensuring diffused flow, managing invasive species, and pest control will be included in the BPDP. L. Monitoring Reports for Riparian Buffer Credit & Nutrient Offset Credit: Reporting criteria of the vegetation shall be based on the Carolina Vegetation Survey (CVS) - EEP Protocol for Recording Vegetation Level 2 Plot Sampling only version 4.0 or any updated versions of this protocol in place at the date of acceptance of the BPDP. The Sponsor shall submit to the DWR an annual monitoring report no later than December 31 of each year for a minimum of five consecutive years after the first full growing season for each Bank Parcel under this instrument. Vegetation data shall not be collected prior to late August of each year. This report will describe the conditions of the Bank Parcel, including an evaluation of the performance standards of the vegetation contained within the approved BPDP. Reports shall contain the following: 1. A U.S. Geological Survey map showing location of the Bank Parcel; 2. A detailed narrative with supporting photos summarizing the condition of the Bank Parcel along with any maintenance or remediation performed that year; and 3. A map, survey, or other figures showing locations of sampling plots, permanent photo points, and location of transects, Etc.; and 4. Monitoring data, including specific vegetation counts, vigor and heights showing that the trees or tree and shrub species planted are meeting performance standards and updated photographs; and 5. A copy of the most recent Bank credit/debit lodgers; and 6. Corresponding verification letters from designated local governments upon request; and 7. Corresponding Mitigation Transfer Certificates upon request; and 8. Proof of performance bond renewal to cover the next monitoring year (when applicable). Contingency Plans/Remedial Actions 0 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 M. In the event a Bank Parcel fails to achieve the performance criteria described in this Instrument and in the approved BPDP, the Bank Sponsor shall develop necessary contingency plans in coordination with the DWR and implement appropriate remedial actions for the Bank Parcels and the Bank. Depending on the degree of remedial actions required, the DWR may modify the monitoring period. VII. CALCULATION OF CREDITS Riparian Buffer Credits A. All Riparian Buffer Credits shall be determined based on the ratios and percentages provided in 15A NCAC 02B .0295 (m) and (n) following the guidance provided in the Clarified Procedures for Calculating Buffer Mitigation Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits letter issued by the DWR, see reference #5, including the most recent Project Credit Table Template (see Appendix C) provided online. B. Riparian buffer restoration and enhancement on the Bank Parcels, as described in 15A NCAC 02B .0295(n) and defined in 15A NCAC 02B .0295 (b) that is performed on agriculture lands within the Bank Parcel, may be used for either Riparian Buffer Credit or Nutrient Offset Credit, but not both. C. Riparian Buffer Credit is defined as one (1) buffer credit per one square foot or 43,560 buffer credits per one acre. Nutrient Offset Credits D. The square footage of Nutrient Offset Credits on the Bank Parcel will be determined by applying the applicable ratio as provided in 15A NCAC 02B .0295(m) for a Restoration Site following the guidance provided in the Clarified Procedures for Calculating Buffer Mitigation Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits issued by the DWR see reference #5, including the most recent Project Credit Table Template provided online. All riparian areas proposed for Nutrient Offset Credits must be a minimum of 50 feet from the top of the stream or ditch banks on land noted in a Site Viability Letter as agriculture. E. Nutrient Abatementof Restored Riparian Area/Buffers on agricultural land: The Sponsorand DWR agree to the following: 1. The pounds of nitrogen offset per acre of restored riparian areas/buffers on agricultural land shall be 2,273.02 pounds per acre or 19.16394 square feet per pound. F. The Sponsor and DWR agree that the methodology and calculations for determining nitrogen reductions, associated with restoration of riparian areas on these Bank Parcels as described in Section IV of this Instrument, shall be fixed as part of the approval of this Instrument, with the fixed amount not changing during the Bank Parcel Development or credit release schedule for the Bank Parcel unless the viability letter for that Bank Parcel has expired. For further details on the approved method and calculations for determining nutrient reductions associated with the riparian restoration on this Bank Parcel refer to the NCDWR - Methodology & Calculations for Nutrient Reductions document found in reference number 6. 10 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 This space left blank intentionally, do not add text to this space. 11 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 VIII. CREDIT RELEASE SCHEDULE A. Upon submittal of all appropriate documentation by the Sponsor, and subsequent approval by DWR, it is agreed that the Riparian Buffer Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits associated with the Loop Road Bank Parcel will become available for sale to a third party in accordance with the Credit Release Schedule in Table 3.0 below: Table 3.0 - Credit Release Schedule for Riparian Buffer and Nutrient Offset Credits Credit Available for Task Project Milestone Sale Instrument and BPDP Approved by DWR, Conservation Easement 1 Recorded*, and Financial Assurance Posted 20 All Riparian Earthwork & Mitigation Activities, Planting and Installation of Monitoring Devices completed, easement boundaries 2 adequately marked, all applicable permits obtained, site visit 20 performed by DWR Monitoring Financial Assurance Posted and Approval of As -Built 3 Report 10 Monitoring Report #1: Approved by the DWR** & financial 4 assurance renewed 10 Monitoring Report #2: Approved by the DWR** & financial 5 assurance renewed 10 Monitoring Report #3: Approved by the DWR** & financial 6 assurance renewed 10 Item B (1) of Section X in this Instrument has been completed and 7 approved by DWR 5 No remaining credits will be released until Task 7 has been satisfied, assigning the conversation easement to an approved land trust or long-term steward. Monitoring Report #4: Approved by the DWR** & financial 8 assurance renewed 5 Monitoring Report #5: Approved by the DWR** and final site visit 9 by DWR has been conducted 10 Total 100% * For specification, please see Section V in this Instrument ** DWR Approval provided upon a determination that the site is meeting performance standards contained within the approved BPDP B. DWR may modify Credit Release Schedules based on the information submitted or the order in which required information is received. DWR will notify the Sponsor of any modification to the credit release schedule. C. Any major deviations to the Bank Parcel that were not authorized in writing by DWR prior to implementation may affect the amount of riparian buffer credits and nutrient offset credits that will be generated by the Bank Parcel. 12 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 IX. PROCEDURE FOR DEBITING AND CREDITING Credit Ledgers A. The Bank Sponsor shall maintain one credit ledger for each mitigation type for the Bank Parcel under this Instrument unless otherwise instructed by DWR in the approved BPDP: Credit ledgers shall provide the accounting for Riparian Buffer Credits in square feet and acres and Nutrient Offset Credits in pounds and square feet. B. Each credit ledger shall be submitted on a separate 8 % in. x 11in. spreadsheet with legible font style and font size. All ledgers shall be submitted using the templates provided in Attachment B of this Instrument or any updated versions to these templates as provided by DWR. Credit Processi C. Riparian Buffer Credits generated on these Bank Parcels will be used to provide mitigation for authorized buffer impacts within the 03020201 HUC of the Neuse River Basin according to 15A NCAC 02B .0295 (f) and (g), excluding the Falls Lake Watershed. D. Nutrient Offset Credits generated on these Bank Parcels will be used to offset nitrogen nutrient loads within the 03020201 HUC of the Neuse River Basin, excluding the Falls Lake Watershed, in accordance with 15A NCAC 02B .0703. Available Riparian Buffer Credits (credits that have been released by DWR but not sold by the Sponsor) that are generated from riparian restoration on agricultural land and meet criteria for nutrient offset credits as outlined in Section VII of this Instrument, the Site Viability Letter and the corresponding BPDP can be converted from Riparian Buffer Credits into Nutrient Offset Credits upon written approval from DWR. Once a credit has been converted to another credit type, the transaction is permanent, and the credit cannot be converted again. F. Available Nutrient Offset Credits (credits that have been released by DWR but not sold by the Sponsor) that are generated from riparian restoration within 0-100' from tops of stream banks and meet criteria for riparian buffer credits as outlined in Section VII of this Instrument, the Site Viability Letter, 15A NCAC 02B .0295 and the corresponding BPDP can be converted from Nutrient Offset Credits to Riparian Buffer Credits upon written approval from DWR. Once a credit has been converted to another credit type, the transaction is permanent, and the credit cannot be converted again. G. Any Credit conversions must be calculated using the guidance provided in the Clarified Procedures for Calculating Buffer Mitigation Credits and Nutrient Offset Credits letter issued by the DWR, see reference #5. H. The Bank Sponsor shall obtain written verification of nutrient offset need from a designated local government in the 03020201 HUC of the Neuse River Basin outside of the Falls Lake Watershed, or from DWR through an approved NPDES permit for wastewater nutrient sources prior to debiting Nutrient Offset Credits from the Bank Parcel. 13 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 I. The Bank Sponsor shall obtain verification of buffer mitigation required from the delegated local government in the 03020201 HUC of the Neuse River Basin outside of the Falls Lake Watershed or DWR prior to debiting Riparian Buffer Credits from the Bank Parcel. All credit and debit transactions for each Bank Parcel under this Instrument shall be accurately depicted in the credit ledgers. The Sponsor shall submit accurate and up-to-date credit ledgers for each Bank Parcel by the 1& of each month. At a minimum and only upon request, DWR shall receive a hard copy of updated credit ledgers along with corresponding Mitigation Credit Transfer Certificates and all corresponding letters from the designated local governments or DWR where applicable once a year. Notification of all credit sales shall be provided to DWR until all credits that have been released have been sold. Mitigation Credit Transfer Certificates K. All credit sales will include a Mitigation Credit Transfer Certificate ("Certificate") that is required to be provided to the buyer of Riparian Buffer and/or Nutrient Offset Credits, that will include, at a minimum, the following information; 1. Bank Details: (1) Sponsor Name, (2) Bank Parcel name as it appears in this Instrument and, (3) DWR project number for the BPDP as it appears in Table 1.0. 2. Credit Details: (1) date of receipt, (2) identify if full or partial payment, and (3- when applicable) amount of nitrogen Nutrient Offset Credits purchased in pounds and confirmation from the designated local government or DWR of the amount required, and (4-when applicable) the amount of Riparian Buffer Credits purchased in square feet and the confirmation from DWR or the local government of the amount required. 3. Permitted Project Details: (1) project name and project number as it appears on DWR or local government permits and/or certifications, (2) 8-digit HUC, (3) river basin, (4) nutrient strategy applicable to the project with impacts, (5 — when applicable) designated local government requiring Nutrient Offset Credits, and/or (6) DWR or delegated local government requiring Riparian Butter Credits for this project and (7) credit type and amount required for project. L. If the DWR determines the Bank is operating at a deficit (e.g. the Sponsor is selling and/or transferring credit that is not available), or the Bank is selling or transferring credits out of compliance with statutes, rules or this Agreement, the sale/transfer of credits will immediately cease, and the DWR, in consultation with the Sponsor, will determine what remedial actions are necessary. X. BANK PARCEL CLOSURE A. Bank Parcel Closure for each Bank Parcel under this Instrument shall be identified as the event when the Sponsor is relieved of all its responsibilities to the Bank Parcel and there are no Riparian Buffer Credits or Nutrient Offset Credits left to sell. 14 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 B. Bank Parcel Closure shall commence only after all following events have occurred; 1. Transfer or assign the conservation easement and all its interests, in perpetuity, to a land trust or stewardship program as described in Section V of this instrument. 2. All five years of monitoring completed, and all monitoring reports submitted and approved by DWR. 3. All credits have been released and debited and updated ledgers showing zero credit balances have been submitted and approved by DWR. XI. GENERAL PROVISIONS A. Upon the presentation of proper credentials, and during normal business hours, the Sponsor and the landowner shall grant permission to the Director of DWR, or an authorized representative of the Director of DWR to enter the property containing the Bank Parcel(s). B. Amendments: This Banking Instrument maybe amended or modified only with written approval of all signatory parties. C. Any transfer of the Sponsor's rights or obligations outlined in this Instrument or any other agreement referenced in this Instrument to a third party must be approved by DWR prior to the transfer. D. Force Majeure: After 100% of all the credits have been released in accordance with the credit release schedule in Section VIII and confirmation has been received by the DWR that the Conservation Easement has been successfully assigned in compliance with Item H of Section V, the Sponsor will not be responsible for Bank failure that is attributed to natural catastrophes including but not limited to flood, drought, disease, regional pest infestation, etc. that are beyond the control of the Sponsor. E. However, if an event occurs before 100% of all the credits have been released in accordance with the credit release schedule in Section VIII, the Sponsor shall take remedial action to restore the property to its condition prior to the event, in a manner sufficient to provide adequate mitigation to cover credits that were sold prior to the occurrence of the event. Such remedial action shall be taken by the Sponsor only to the extent necessary and appropriate, as determined by DWR and the Sponsor. DWR must concur in writing that a force majeure event has occurred for this provision to apply. F. Oversight: Actions taken by DWR may include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Site visits, 2. Issuance of Site Viability Letters, 3. BPDP review and approval of items listed in Section V of this Instrument, 4. As -Built report review and approval of items listed in Section VI of this Instrument, 5. Monitoring Report review and approval of items listen in Section VI of this Instrument, 6. Credit Ledger review and approval of items listen in Section IX of this Instrument, 15 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 7. Certificate review of items listed in Section IX of this Instrument and cross analysis to credit ledgers and, 8. Information requests, file reviews and audits. Reports, ledgers, files and other information shall be made available to DWR upon request, unless otherwise specified in this or any other document. G. Validity of this Instrument: This Instrument will become valid on the date of the last party's signature. H. Specific Language of this Instrument Shall Be Controlling: To the extent that specific language in this document changes, modifies, or deletes terms and conditions contained in those documents that are incorporated into the Instrument by reference, and that are not legally binding, the specific language within the Instrument shall be controlling. I. Any disputes over decisions regarding this Instrument, shall be referred to the Director of DWR for a decision. The Director's decision is subject to review as provided in Articles 3 and 4 of G.S. 150B. J. This Agreement shall be binding upon the parties and is entered into knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily. K. Notices: All Notices and other communication which may be or are required to be given or made by any party to the other shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been properly given and received on the date delivered in person, received via email with a delivery receipt requested, or deposited in the United States mail, registered or certified, return receipt requested, to the addresses set out below or at such other addresses as specified by written notice delivered in accordance herewith. If to Bank Sponsor: 1430 South Mint Street, Suite 104 Charlotte, NC 28203 Attn: John Hutton jhutton@wildlandseng.com If to DWR: NC Division of Water Resources —401 & Buffer Permitting Branch Attn: Nutrient Offset and Buffer Banking Coordinator 1617 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1617 16 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 M. Applicable Law: This Agreement shall be construed under the laws of the State of North Carolina. Wildlands Holdings IX, LLC By: John Hutton (Print) (Signature) C#�'_ Vice President of Wildlands Engineering, Title: Member of Wildlands Holdings IX, LLC Date: 7/13/2023 NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY -DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES Richard E. Rogers, Jr. By: (Print) �1 J� (Signature) Title: Director, Division of water Resources Date: 8/11/2023 17 DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 Nutrient Offset Program & Buffer Mitigation Program Updated MBI Authorities for Wildlands Holdings IX effective 7/18/23 August 11, 2020 ATTACHMENT A Authorities pertaining to the Loop Road Mitigation Banking Instrument All Rasinc General Statutes: G.S. § 143-214.11 Ecosystem Enhancement Program G.S. § 143-214.26 Nutrient Offset Credits G.S. § 143-214.20-24 Riparian Buffer Protection Program G.S. § 143-214.7 Stormwater runoff rules and programs G.S. § 143-215.8B Basinwide Water Quality Management Plans Session Laws S.L. 2019-86 (Amendment to G.S. § 143-214.26) S.L. 2016-94 S.L. 2015-246 S.L.2015-149 S.L. 2014-90 S.L.2014-120 S.L.2013-413 S.L.2013-121 S.L.2013-265 S.L. 2012-200 (Amendment to G.S. §143-214.23 and G.S. §143-215.1) S.L. 2011-343 (Amendment to G.S. §143-214.11) S.L. 2009- 337 (Amendment to G.S. §143-214.11) Administrative Rules. 15A NCAC 02B .0202 Definitions 15A NCAC 02B .0223 Nutrient Sensitive Waters 15A NCAC 02B .0701 Nutrient Strategies Definitions 15A NCAC 02B .0703 Nutrient Offset Credit Trading 15A NCAC 02B .0295 Mitigation Program Requirements for Protection and Maintenance of Riparian Buffers Neuse River Basin Buffer and Neuse Nutrient Strategy Session Laws S.L. 2011-394 S.L. 1998-221 (Part I) S.L. 1995-572 Administrative Rules: 15A NCAC 02B .0610 Managing Activities within Riparian Buffers: Definitions 15A NCAC 02B .0611 Managing Activities within Riparian Buffers: Authorization Certificates 15A NCAC 02B .0612 Managing Activities within Riparian Buffers: Forest Harvesting Requirements 15A NCAC 02B .0710 Neuse Nutrient Strategy: Purpose and Scope 15A NCAC 02B .0711 Neuse Nutrient Strategy: Stormwater 15A NCAC 02B .0712 Neuse Nutrient Strategy: Agriculture 15A NCAC 02B .0713 Neuse Nutrient Strategy: Wastewater Discharge Requirements 15A NCAC 02B .0714 Protection and Maintenance of Existing Riparian Buffers 15A NCAC 02B .0715 Delegation of Authority for the Protection and Maintenance of Existing Riparian Buffers DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 ACHMENT B .3 (A aft a a QI` m a zu _j o Q �� j j� E O LL a a o � Y m m w c o � m �6 0 c a u ao z a a m •� w w � � m w Y a z o � �6 0 a u 0 O z a m C U1 � J m Y L W � w N Z U i W O O Y N J � � 0 O 0 O m 2 m 0 O O C 0 0 O m C N U1 > J N Z � -O U1 Z � O Q O W � :6 d U O W m L 3 a w m w w m m o w z DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631 F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581 DD04E4 ACHMENT B 3 W K W z � u Q LL Z 3 i o m -0 m d c u LL d v�i d m 'm a' �Y ;v a" d m d LL d 3 ty d 8 d z d m v c E Cc, m d m v v Z m m $ Y v �0" OD m � v ri 0 N O a+ N Q J O 7 v m O VO m U N m 2 m O D J U 0 w m O O J m C N U1 > J N Z � -O U1 Z � O Q O O W K Y :6 i U 3: O W m t 3 a d m m d y d d z � DocuSign Envelope ID: 74631F4E-D30B-44EE-8657-475581DD04E4 ' nent C U p Z � a O > z l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l o y 4 v p Z � o O O r. .. y w � a O m c > w co u z z v m Y o � a it o a0+ w a w a J > � m co u a x u e LL � a w u` w x u - - o c � w � � x .. 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