The J.M. Smucker’s Company Retains Ohio Wetlands Foundation For Mitigation Project

In March of 2010, the J.M. Smucker Company announced plans to replace the company’s existing fruit spread manufacturing facility in Orrville, Ohio with a new, state-of-the art facility. Referred to as “Project Heritage,” the company broke ground on the new Orrville facility in the fall of 2010. The new 460,000 square-foot manufacturing facility will offer the opportunity to implement the most current equipment and technologies available and help ensure the company’s long-term competitiveness. Smucker’s anticipates the facility will be fully operational in the summer of 2013.

In order to provide compensatory mitigation for impacts to the wetlands and a stream on the property being developed for the new plant, the J.M. Smucker Company retained Ohio Wetlands Foundation (OWF), on a fixed cost basis, to develop a mitigation and monitoring plan for the Little Stillwater Wetlands Mitigation site. OWF worked closely with their ecological consultant, Davey Resource Group, to develop a compensatory mitigation plan that was acceptable to regulatory agencies. The approximately 12-acre mitigation site is located in Franklin Township, Harrison County, Ohio.

Wetland mitigation will be provided for impacts to 1.439 acres of forested wetlands and 0.489 acre of non-forested wetlands; all wetlands impacted are ORAM Category 1 or 2, non-isolated wetlands. The project also provides mitigation, via additional wetlands restoration, for impacts to 120 linear feet of Class 1 ephemeral stream. OWF developed this plan to provide compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources associated with the construction of Project Heritage. Additionally, OWF will be responsible for implementation of this plan and completing all monitoring and remedial measures necessary to meet the terms of the final 401/404 permits.

A minimum of 3.38 acres of forested wetlands and 1.16 acres of non-forested wetlands will be reestablished on the Stillwater site. This will provide the required compensatory mitigation for the impacts that will occur at the new manufacturing site.