Land Management

Land Stewardship

Wildlands manages over 45,000 acres of sensitive lands, including wetlands, riparian, and upland habitats. These lands include both properties held by Wildlands and others held in partnership with public and private landowners and nonprofit organizations. Unlike most mitigation companies, Wildlands retains hands-on management responsibilities for our mitigation properties. Wildlands’ land managers, farm and range specialists, and biologists employ adaptive management and integrated agriculture in caring for the lands and habitats.

Services include:
  • Biological monitoring for birds, wildlife, vegetation, and water quality
  • Wetland and upland habitat management
  • On-site restoration, construction and nursery activities
  • Cattle ranching and rangeland management
  • On-site water system improvements
  • On-site facility, road, and fence maintenance
  • Habitat friendly integrated agriculture
  • Adaptive management practices

Biological Monitoring and Adaptive Management

Adaptive Management is a system for evaluating and improving habitat management practices. Biological monitoring and analysis are used to compare habitat performance against objective standards, creating a feedback loop. As more information becomes available, the land steward adjusts management techniques.

Wildlands’ commitment to adaptive management shows in the qualifications of the company’s land management personnel, many of whom have a background in biology, natural resources, or ecology. If a situation that needs attention develops, it will be recognized by the personnel who regularly tend the land – rather than waiting for a seasonal or annual survey. The feedback loop becomes seamless and instantaneous, providing high-quality stewardship of the habitat.

Rangeland and Preserve Management Services

In addition to biological monitoring services, Wildlands also offers rangeland management services. With an on-staff Certified Rangeland Manager (CRM), licensed through the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, Wildlands can provide technical assistance on rangeland projects throughout the state of California. The CRM program is designed to provide landowners and managers with professional expertise in managing California’s rangeland resources, while complying with applicable state laws.

Integrated Agriculture

Wildlands is proud to operate sustainable and diversified agricultural operations providing, managing and enhancing a number of important habitat types. Agriculture naturally provides quality habitat for many wildlife species, and with adaptive management and a little creativity, we continue to improve our existing resources.

Through integrated agriculture practices, Wildlands preserves open space and farming heritage while improving ecological benefits for wildlife. This concept can be applied two ways: by utilizing agricultural techniques such as controlled grazing to assist in the management of ecological preserves or by using environmental principles in farming to enhance the farm fields’ value as habitat.

Our seasonal grazing operations cover nearly 9,000 acres of vernal pool landscapes for invertebrates such as the vernal pool fairy shrimp and a number of rare vernal pool plant species such as meadowfoam and California goldfields. Summer brings cattle movement to irrigated pastures where our high intensity rotational grazing on over 1,000 acres of irrigated pasture provides foraging opportunities for the Swainson’s hawk and the western burrowing owl.

To learn more about these targeted services,

please contact us at 916.435.3555