Black Mountain Conservation Bank Approved in the Western Mojave Desert

Black Mountain Conservation Bank

Wildlands Inc is proud to introduce the new Black Mountain Conservation Bank, aimed at conserving and managing for the benefit of native desert species and their habitats in perpetuity.

Wildlands is pleased to announce the approval of the Black Mountain Conservation Bank by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The bank will mitigate impacts to the listed desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel, waters of the state of California and other sensitive habitat types. Bank credits are available for public and private development projects requiring habitat mitigation as a condition of their permits.

The 1940-acre Black Mountain Conservation Bank, located in the western Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, has been established to conserve and manage for the benefit of native desert species and their habitats in perpetuity. The bank provides high quality, connected desert habitat in a high priority conservation area in the Mojave desert. The bank has documented occurrences of desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel and will provide movement between populations for both species. An endowment will be established to provide for routine monitoring and maintenance tasks. The endowment will ensure the long-term viability of the bank, and provide assurance that permit applicants are fully mitigating their impacts.

Black Mountain Conservation Bank

The bank service area spans portions of Kern, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Inyo counties, providing permit applicants and the natural resource agencies an efficient and environmentally preferable method of compensating impacts to listed species and native habitats. Purchasing credits provides a complete mitigation solution for a fixed fee with no trailing costs or obligations.