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New Wildlands Bank in Butte County Integrates Habitat Preservation with Ranching

New Wildlands Bank in Butte County Integrates Habitat Preservation with Ranching

Rocklin, CA –March 6, 2007–Wildlands, Inc. announces the opening of Daley Ranch Vernal Pool Conservation Bank in Butte County, California, a partnership venture that exemplifies compatible land use, combining cattle ranching and habitat preservation. The 665-acre bank is dedicated to mitigation of habitat impacts to vernal pool species such as the endangered vernal pool tadpole shrimp and the threatened vernal pool fairy shrimp. It serves Butte County plus portions of Tehama, Yuba, Nevada, and Sutter Counties. Bank credits are purchased by public works agencies and the development community to fulfill permit obligations of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Daley Ranch Vernal Pool Conservation Bank provides credits for vernal pool preservation. Wildlands formed a partnership with David and Cynthia Daley, fifth-generation ranchers, to develop the bank on a portion of Daley Ranch. The Daleys practice a sophisticated level of grazing management, which made it easy to integrate habitat protection requirements into their ranching routines. For more information about the Daley Ranch Vernal Pool Conservation Bank, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555.

Wildlands Opens Vernal Pool Bank in Placer County

Rocklin, CA –March 6, 2007-Wildlands, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the Western Placer Schools Conservation Bank, which will provide mitigation for habitat impacts to vernal pool species such as the endangered vernal pool tadpole shrimp and the threatened vernal pool fairy shrimp. The 210-acre bank serves fast-growing Placer County. Bank credits are purchased by public works agencies and the development community to fulfill permit obligations of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Western Placer Schools Conservation Bank provides credits for vernal pool preservation. "We are pleased to approve this bank, which will provide for permanent protection of more than 40 acres of high-quality vernal pools," said Susan Moore, field supervisor of the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. The bank was developed in partnership with the Western Placer Unified School District and Lincoln High School. The partnership joined lands owned by Wildlands with lands used by the high school as a school farm, creating a large protected property that preserves vernal pool landscapes while offering students educational opportunities in agriculture and ecology. For more information about the Western Placer Schools Conservation Bank, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555.

Wildlands Opens Solano Mitigation Bank

Rocklin, CA –Wildlands, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of their latest mitigation bank in Solano County. The 627-acre North Suisun Mitigation Bank, a sweeping landscape of vernal pools, grassy uplands, and Contra Costa goldfields, is dedicated to mitigation of habitat impacts to endangered vernal pool species and the California tiger salamander. The bank serves portions of a 12-county area including Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Napa, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento. "The North Suisun Mitigation Bank provides much needed habitat to mitigate the impacts of numerous development projects along the Interstate 80 corridor," says Sandy Person, Vice-President, Solano County Economic Development Corporation. Bank credits are purchased by the development community to fulfill permit obligations of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Fish & Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game. Specific credits available include vernal pool creation, vernal pool preservation, California tiger salamander breeding pond, and California tiger salamander upland (estivation). The bank area also protects habitat for Contra Costa goldfields, Heckard's peppergrass, alkali milk-vetch, brittlescale and Carquinez goldenbush. For more information about the North Suisun Mitigation Bank, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555.

Wildlands Opens New Conservation Bank in Merced

Rocklin, California–Wildlands, Inc. announces the approval of a new conservation bank in Merced County. The 1067-acre Great Valley Conservation Bank at Flynn Ranch will address mitigation of habitat impacts to threatened and endangered vernal pool species and the federally threatened California Tiger Salamander, and is expected to add coverage of the federally endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox. The bank serves key portions of an 11-county area including Merced, Madera, San Joaquin, Fresno, Tulare, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Alameda and Amador. "The Great Valley Conservation Bank will help strike a balance between the need to protect vital diminishing environmental resources and the continued growth of the Central Valley," indicated Skip Moss, Regional Manager for Wildlands' Central Valley Office located in Clovis. "This is the first of many mitigation and conservation banks we intend to develop throughout the region." Bank credits are purchased by the public and private development communities to fulfill permit obligations of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Specific credits available include vernal pool preservation and California Tiger Salamander upland preservation habitat types. The bank will maintain native open space in perpetuity in a portion of Merced County where habitat is being lost to development and conversion to agriculture. For more information about the Great Valley Conservation Bank, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555. In business since 1991, Wildlands, Inc. is a private mitigation and conservation banking firm headquartered in Rocklin, CA, with offices in the Pacific Northwest and Clovis, CA. With mitigation and conservation projects throughout California and Washington state, Wildlands, Inc. has preserved and protected over 20,000 acres of habitat; offering mitigation and conservation credits to public and private developers.

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