The Preserve and Expansion lands were identified and secured based on the appropriateness to compensate for the loss of desert tortoise (Agassiz’ land tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, commonly known as Mojave Desert tortoise) habitat and populations connectivity as well as Mojave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis) habitat and population connectivity.
The habitats in the Preserve, as well as its connectivity to other protected landscapes, make it appropriate to mitigate for impacts to species and their habitats including desert, Mohave ground squirrel, and California jurisdictional waters and associated habitats including desert dry washes, swale networks, Mojave wash scrub, and Mojave creosote bush-white bursage scrub.
Location: San Bernardino County, California
- Desert Tortoise
- Mohave Ground Squirrel
- Waters of the State
The Preserve is a project-specific mitigation solution that fulfilled the HM lands mitigation requirement associated with the Project’s CDFW Incidental Take Permits and Streambed Alteration Agreements.
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife
For additional information on the Cuddeback Lake Preserve & Expansion, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.