Grasslands Mitigation Bank is a 281-acre site protecting giant garter snakes and seasonal wetlands in Merced County, California. The property is next to other protected lands managed for wildlife and wetlands. Operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, The adjacent Volta Wildlife area supports the last remaining viable population of giant garter snakes within the San Joaquin Valley.
The Grasslands Mitigation Bank property expanded on the giant garter snake population’s habitat. The property also restored dendritic depressional seasonal wetlands, typical of the extensive ponded habitat historically found in the Grasslands region of the Central Valley of California.