Mitigation Projects

Deadman Creek Conservation Bank

The Deadman Creek Conservation Bank is located in an unincorporated portion of central Merced County in California. The Bank consists of 683.9 acres of vernal pool-grassland habitat (44.66 acres of wetlands and 639.24 acres of upland habitat) within the 714.03-acre overall property. Approved by USFWS, the Bank offers vernal pool preservation, San Joaquin kit fox, and California tiger salamander conservation credits.

The overall goal of this Bank is to manage the grassland-vernal pool landscape to ensure that habitat conditions benefit the continued existence and recovery efforts of the sensitive species on-site.

Species of Importance at the Bank

California Tiger Salamander
  • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) - federally endangered
  • Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio) - federally endangered
  • Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) - federally threatened
  • California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) - federally threatened
  • San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) - California threatened and federally endangered
  • Western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia)
  • Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

714 acres

Location: Merced County, California

Mitigation Types

  • Vernal Pool Preservation
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • San Joaquin Kit Fox
  • California Tiger Salamander

Service Area

- The CTS service area is based on the southern portion of the Central Valley California Tiger Salamander subpopulation as defined by Shaffer et al. (2004).

- The kit fox service area encompasses a portion of the SJKF historic distribution on the eastern side of the San Joaquin Valley and portions of the known occupied habitat lands of the central and western areas of the San Joaquin Valley.

- The vernal pool service area is based on the San Joaquin Valley Vernal Pool Region as defined by Keeler-Wolfe et al. (1998).

- Swainson’s hawk mitigation as approved on a case-by-case basis by the CEQA lead.

Approving Agencies

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife (in process)

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