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This year brings another exciting and long anticipated project to realization: the San Luis Rey Mitigation Bank in Oceanside, California (San Diego County). A meandering channel with an accessible floodplain has been created at the 53 acre wetland mitigation bank. Agricultural activities during the past century had caused the river to be channelized, disconnected from its floodplain and denuded of riparian vegetation. The construction has been a significant and exciting effort requiring the excavation of over 650,000 cubic yards of soil. During mass grading, 14 scrapers were operating simultaneously. Fine grading was completed by bulldozers equipped with GPS machine-control systems….

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Buena Creek Conservation Bank, San Diego County, CA –USFWS has granted the final release of Coastal California gnatcatcher habitat conservation credits.  The bank provides compensation for the loss of coastal sage scrub habitat within the pre-approved service area or outside of the service area, as approved by the USFWS on a case-by-case basis. Haera Wildlife Conservation Bank, Alameda County, CA – This bank is now sold out!  The final burrowing owl credit sale was completed in June, 2015.  The bank provided 299 acres of conservation credits for burrowing owl and San Joaquin kit fox habitat and will continue to be…

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The rising temperatures signal the onset of summer and the beginning of construction season in the Pacific Northwest, which means it’s time to resume work on the Alder Creek Restoration Project on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. The Alder Creek Project, approved by the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council in May 2014, is the first habitat restoration project to be implemented specifically to benefit fish and wildlife affected by contamination in Portland Harbor. The project, which was partially constructed in 2014, will provide habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and other native fish and wildlife living in…

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I have the very best view from my 12th floor, Downtown Portland office window. Ok, honestly, the landscape outside my window is pretty typical for an urban setting: a few buildings, a tree or two, and if I squint really hard with my glasses on I can see I tiny bit of the Willamette River. What makes my view spectacular is that for some reason my office window is an awesome place for viewing urban wildlife – specifically, urban birds. It all started with the usual suspects: a pigeon flyby, some gulls off in the distance, or the occasional sparrow…

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Wildlands is pleased to announce that restoration is underway at the recently approved San Luis Rey Wetland Mitigation Bank in Oceanside, San Diego County, California. A groundbreaking ceremony was attended by local, state and federal agencies involved with the project including the City of Oceanside, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The San Luis Rey Wetland Mitigation Bank is a 54-acre existing agricultural field that will be restored to native floodplain wetland habitat. The bank is being established to offset unavoidable impacts to wetlands and riparian…

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Wildlands is committed to supporting efforts here in our community, and those efforts can also have an impact abroad. Feed My Starving Children is a highly rated, 501(c)3 charity where 93% of all donations go directly toward packing and distribution of these meals. Over the last four years, thousands of volunteers from the Sacramento area have come together to pack more than 1.8 million meals to feed malnourished children around the world. While we don’t know where meals packed will go before they are packed, we always know they will go to children in need. In 2013, 272,000 of the meals…

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Wildlands is pleased to announce the Lytle Creek Conservation Bank (“Bank”) has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”). The Bank will permanently protect and preserve approximately 182 acres of suitable habitat for the conservation of the federally endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat and Santa Ana River woollystar. The Bank is located in the Lytle Creek wash area north of Interstate 210 and southwest of Interstate 215 in San Bernardino County, near the cities of Fontana and Rialto. The San Bernardino kangaroo rat is federally endangered and listed by the State of California as a Species of…

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The Wildlands San Luis Rey Wetland Mitigation Bank was recently approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region. The Bank is located north of State Route 76 and adjacent to Mission Vista High School in the City of Oceanside. Once completed, the Bank will restore approximately 56 acres of native floodplain wetland habitat along the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside, California. The property, acquired by Wildlands in 2011, was historically utilized for agriculture, but most recently for tomato cultivation. The Project will reconnect an 1,800 foot…

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This summer, Wildlands sponsored the annual California Council of Land Trusts Mitigation Summit held at The California Endowment in Los Angeles. The Summit offered informative presentations and lively discussions on the latest mitigation topics in California. The Summit was attended by mitigation bankers, land trusts, resource agencies and public/private development interests from all over California. We look forward to participating again in 2015. Learn more about the California Council of Land Trusts

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The Alder Creek Restoration Project is an aquatic, riparian, and upland forest restoration and enhancement project developed in coordination with the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council. The habitat values provided by this Project can be used to offset Natural Resource Damages (NRD) resulting from past industrial use along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.   The Project is located on a 52.3-acre property on the southern tip of Sauvie Island, at the divergence of the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Portland, and within the northern extent of the Portland Harbor Study Area (NOAA…

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