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Conservation Planning Branch
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Conservation and Mitigation Banking Policies
Conservation/mitigation banks provide for the conservation of important habitats and/or habitat linkages. They are a viable alternate to the current practice of requiring piecemeal mitigation for individual project impacts, and they provide incentives to private landowners to practice conservation. Additionally, they take advantage of economies of scale otherwise unavailable to individual mitigation projects. Conservation/mitigation banks can play an important role within a regional conservation plan, and they simplify regulatory compliance.
In 1995, the Resources Agency of California published the State's Official Policy on Conservation Banks. It provides formal policy guidance on the appropriate location, mechanisms for permanent protection of the habitat, and the basic elements necessary for CDFW to approve a conservation bank.
In 1996, CDFW and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed a joint policy memorandum as a supplemental policy (PDF) regarding conservation banks within the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) area of southern California. This supplemental policy guides the creation of conservation banks in a manner consistent with the goals and requirements of NCCP planning in Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
During the initial scoping for the suitability of an area as a conservation or mitigation bank, the Department considers a variety of issues. Department guidance is provided on lands not appropriate for banking.
The California Fish and Game Code contains a few additional references for conservation and mitigation banking.
- Chapter 7.8. Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Wetlands Mitigation Bank Act of 1993.
- Chapter 9. Wetlands Mitigation Banking
- Article 1. General Provisions, Sections 1850-1852
Federal Guidance for the Establishment, Use and Operation of Mitigation and Conservation Banks
In addition to the State policies and guidance listed above, the federal government has published federal guidance about both mitigation (PDF) and conservation (PDF) banks. These documents serve as final policy guidance regarding the establishment, use and operation of mitigation and conservation banks. The documents provide separate guidance to address the different purposes of providing compensation for adverse impacts to either wetlands and other aquatic resources at mitigation banks, or threatened and endangered species at conservation banks.