SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The approval of Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife adds 377 acres of vernal pool and Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swansoni) habitat to the Northeastern Sacramento Valley Vernal Pool Region.
The vernal pool restoration project, undertaken by Westervelt Ecological Services, offers credits for impacts to vernal pools, seasonal wetlands and Swainson’s hawk foraging habitat, and will serve portions of Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties. Species covered by the vernal pool credit type include vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) and vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).
“The Meridian Ranch Mitigation Bank is a great vernal pool restoration project. It is located in the North Plan Area Corridor of the Butte Regional Conservation Plan, contributes to other conservation planned for that area, and was completed under the latest habitat banking requirements,” says Greg Sutter, Executive Vice-President of Westervelt Ecological Services. “We completed this project with the approval and support of both state and federal agencies.”
Prior to acquisition of the property in 2008 it had been farmed in dry land grains and used as a dairy for several decades. As a result of those farming practices many of the vernal pools that dotted the property had either been destroyed or severely degraded. Restoration efforts will restore these pools in order to further enhance the current and long-term 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]
As part of The Westervelt Company, a stewardship organization headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Westervelt Ecological Services was established in 2006 to reflect the organization’s sustainability mission through species conservation and wetlands mitigation banking. With primary offices in Sacramento, California, and Auburn, Alabama, Westervelt Ecological Services is led by a team of well-respected professionals with lengthy backgrounds in ecological restoration and turnkey mitigation projects. Visit www.wesmitigation.comto learn more.