Mitigation Projects

Western Placer Schools Conservation Bank

The Western Placer Schools Conservation Bank consists of approximately 210 acres of vernal pools, vernal swales, disturbed vernal pool/swales, seasonal wetlands, and upland habitats located in southwestern Placer County, California. The Bank was approved by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2006 to offer vernal pool preservation conservation credits as mitigation for permitted impacts to vernal pools and associated species within the Bank’s approved service area.

The goal of the Bank is to manage a vernal pool landscape so that habitat conditions benefit the continued existence and recovery efforts for the vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchii), vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), while also providing habitat for other locally important species such as the California State listed Swainson’s hawk (Buteo Swainsoni).

The Bank contains approximately 35.474 acres of vernal pool and swale habitat, 5.509 acres of disturbed vernal pool and swale habitat, 15.362 acres of seasonal wetlands and 169.177 acres of uplands.

210 acres

Location: Placer County, California

Mitigation Types

  • Vernal Pool Preservation
  • Swainson’s Hawk

Service Area

Vernal pool preservation credits servicing portions of western Placer County.

Approving Agencies

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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