Westervelt Ecological Services is pleased to announce the approval of Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank, in Butte County, California. The 377-acre bank is comprised of rolling annual grassland supporting vernal pool and vernal swale habitat. The Bank has received approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Cal. Department of Fish and Wildlife to offer credits for impacts to vernal pools, vernal swales, seasonal wetlands, and Swainson’s Hawk Foraging Habitat Preservation Credits.
Species covered by the vernal pool credit type include vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) and vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi). Because the bank occurs within the Northeastern Sacramento Valley vernal pool region; this will serve as the service area for vernal pool creation and preservation credits. This service area spans the floor of the Central Valley and includes portions of Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties.
Prior to Westervelt’s acquisition of the property in 2008 it had been farmed in dryland grains and used as a dairy for several decades and as a result of those farming practices many of the vernal pools that dotted the property had either been destroyed or severely degraded. Westervelt plans to restore these pools in order to further enhance the habitat. To learn more about the site and the credits available contact Travis Hemmen at (916) 646-3644 ext. 204 or email at [email protected]