Wildlands, working with USFWS, was able to act quickly to acquire the property from an agricultural development company and established the Great Valley Conservation Bank at Flynn Ranch, ultimately preventing the destruction of a landmark property. The Bank has over 117 acres of vernal pool wetlands and 950 acres of grasslands, resulting in a wetland density of approximately 11 percent, considered excellent for vernal pool wetland complex. The Bank was approved by USFWS on January 18, 2007 and currently offers vernal pool preservation, California tiger salamander and San Joaquin kit fox conservation credits.
Species Habitats Present On-site
- Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi)
- California Tiger Salamander (Abystoma californiense)
- Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp (Lepidurus packardi)
- San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica)
- Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii)
- Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
- Spiny-sepaled button-celery (Eryngium spinosepalum)
- Greene’s tuctoria (Tuctoria greenei)
- Succulent owl’s-clover (Castilleja campestris)
Location: Merced County, California
- California Tiger Salamander
- San Joaquin Kit Fox
- Vernal Pool Preservation
- 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 Southern Sierra Foothills Vernal Pool Region as defined by Keeler-Wolfe et al. (1998).
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife (in process)
For additional information on the Great Valley Conservation Bank, please contact Julie Maddox at (916) 435-3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.