California Tiger Salamander Discovered at Mitigation Bank

Wildlands is excited to report the discovery of an adult California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) (CTS) in one of the created vernal pools on the 627-acre North Suisun Mitigation Bank located in Solano County, California. The Bank was established to provide compensatory mitigation for impacts to wetlands and threatened or endangered species, including CTS, vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) and vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) through habitat preservation, creation, and restoration activities.

Surveys conducted over the last 5 years have revealed the presence of listed vernal pool invertebrates in over 20% of the created pools, far exceeding the Bank’s performance standard requirement. Only in its 6th year of operation, the North Suisun Mitigation Bank has attained all “Year 10” performance standards, demonstrating the ecological success of the Bank.