Mitigation Projects

Black Mountain Conservation Bank

The 1,940-acre± Black Mountain Conservation Bank located in the western Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California is established to offset permitted impacts to desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel, and waters of the State (stream credits). The Bank is approved by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts and Central Regions. Regional projects in the planning and permitting phases are encouraged to contact Wildlands to discuss your potential mitigation requirements.

Species & Habitat Types Found at the Bank:

Desert Tortoise
  • Agassiz Desert Tortoise
  • Mohave Ground Squirrel
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Desert Kit Fox
  • American Badger
  • Waters of the State, including Stream (Desert Dry Wash) and Swale Network
  • Golden Eagle (Foraging Habitat)

1,940 acres

Location: San Bernardino County, California

Mitigation Types

  • Desert Tortoise
  • Mohave Ground Squirrel
  • Waters of the State

Service Area

The Covered Species service area conforms with the Western Mojave Recovery Unit, pursuant to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Revised Recovery Plan for the Mojave Population of the Desert Tortoise.

The Waters of the State service area corresponds with the jurisdictional limits of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to the east and west; then extends northerly within the LRWQCB jurisdictional limits to the County lines; and then extends southeasterly to include adjoining HUCs.

Approving Agencies

  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife

For additional information on the Black Mountain Conservation Bank, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555 or