Grasslands Mitigation Bank – Approved!


Westervelt Ecological Services is pleased to announce the approval of our Grasslands Mitigation Bank (GRMB) by state and federal natural resource agencies to restore Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) (GGS) habitat and seasonal wetlands on 281 acres in Merced County.

GRMB is the only project in the area offering mitigation credits to offset impacts to the GGS and seasonal wetlands regulated under the Clean Water Act; GRMB is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The GRMB service areas include portions of San Joaquin, Merced, Kings, Kern Fresno, Madera, Contra Costa, Alameda, Tulare and Stanislaus counties, and will assist in fulfilling the species mitigation needs of various infrastructure and development projects, including flood protection and water supply.

GRMB is owned by Westervelt Ecological Services, a private company, and will be protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement, funded by a non-wasting endowment, and managed to provide year-round habitat for GGS and many other wetland-dependent species.

To learn more about the site and credits available contact Travis Hemmen at (916) 646-3644 ext. 204 or email at [email protected]