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Wetland mitigation banks and upland conservation banks ("land banks") are potentially profitable alternatives to traditional commercial and residential development projects. If a parcel has sensitive wildlife habitat or is located within planned wildlife corridors, its highest and best use may be as biological open space. In the past, this represented a significant down zone in terms of value. However, with the land bank option the value may be competitive with typical development strategies. A critical benefit to creation of a land bank is the economic advantage to the landowner. The ability to sell mitigation or conservation credits provides private landowners with an incentive to develop their lands for conservation, rather than for other purposes. Land banks are important tools in achieving long-term conservation goals and objectives throughout the state. Land banks also benefit those seeking to mitigate impacts through more streamlined and affordable mitigation procedures.
Sacramento Conservation banking was formally introduced on April 7, 1995 at a ceremony for Bank of America's Carlsbad Highlands Conservation Bank. At that ceremony, the first-in-the-nation statewide policy encouraging conservation banking was incorporated into federal policy by the Secretary of the Interior. 

                         
McCollum Associates was instrumental in the development of the state and federal conservation banking programs. Michael McCollum, as part of a National Mitigation Banking Association working group, helped pass legislation and draft the first national wetland mitigation and banking guideline, the USACOE/EPA 2008 Final Rule on Compensatory Mitigation for wetlands. The Final Rule prioritized mitigation banks as an appropriate mitigation strategy. During that effort, in affiliation with Sweetwater Environmental Biologists, Inc., McCollum & Sweetwater has developed over 20 conservation and mitigation banks in California and nearby states over the past 22 years. No other team has our level of experience or regulatory understanding to create banks individually tailored to landowners' needs. While McCollum & Sweetwater creates and markets land banks in a variety of ways, our specialty is working with landowners through joint venture agreements. This approach allows the landowner to retain significant ownership and income in the bank, yet take advantage of our institutional knowledge and experience.

Part of our team are professionals who regularly assist us with ongoing banking and national mitigation policy matters:

Joseph Findaro, formerly with the Department of the Interior Solictors office, in the Washington D.C. office of his firm, Akerman Senterfitt.

John Paul Woodley, Jr., former Assistant Secretary for the Army, Civil Works, through his firm Advantus Strategies in Virginia; and,

Congressman John Doolittle, former Congressman from the Sacramento area, through his firm John T. Doolittle, LLC, also in Virginia.

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(Techbilt Construction, Inc.) Upland, Coastal Chaparral. Carlsbad.
Service Area: San Diego County including coastal areas.



This site, part of a larger biological open space, is adjacent to Palomar Airport. There are approximately 43 acres of habitat available for purchase and is managed by the Center for Natural Lands Management.


Habitat Types Available for Purchase
Wetland/Oak Woodland preservation
Coastal sage/coyote brush
Southern Maritime Chaparral
Southern Coast Live Oak Riparian Forest
Southern Mixed Chaparral

Total
21.23
5.24
8.61
18.25
8.11

43.19





















(Tech-Bilt, Inc.). Upland/Maritime Chaparral/Coastal Sage Scrub. Encinitas. Service Area: San Diego County including coastal areas.

3.68 CSS / 1.31 SMC credits currently for sale.
Potentially more later.
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This bank is selling conservation credits for coastal sage scrub and maritime chaparral habitats. Listed plant species abound on this 150-acre bank along the San Diego County coast. If you need mitigation for state or federally listed plants, this may be the place.





Habitat Types Available for Purchase
Occupied Coastal Sage Scrub
Southern Maritime Chaparral
Scrub Oak Chaparral
Native Grassland
Non Native Grassland
Riparian/Freshwater Marsh

















(Judd RR Investments, LLC and Kearny PCCP Otay 311, LLC) Upland/Grassland, Burrowing Owl & Vernal Pool Habitat. Ramona.
Service Area: San Diego County (see below).

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This bank offers 200 credits of non-native grassland/burrowing owl habitat and vernal pools. The bank's Service Area for grassland credits includes the East Otay Mesa Specific Plan (EOMSP) area within the South County Segment of the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) and Planning Units 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 23 of the Draft North County MSCP. Areas outside of this area could use the bank upon concurrence from the Wildlife Agencies. Vernal pool credits are limited to Planning Units 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 23 of the Draft North County MSCP.







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APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF
FISH AND WILDLIFE
 
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(Cadiz, Inc.) Desert Tortoise & Dry Wash Habitat. San Bernardino County.
Service Area: San Bernardino County Desert.
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This 7,400-acre bank resides in designated critical habitat for the Desert Tortoise in the County of San Bernardino. Credits are immediately available for impacts to desert tortoise habitat, dry wash, and other desert habitats.





Pygmy Rabbit


Available Soon
Second Quarter 2018

(Circle B Land Company Underwood, LLC) Greater Sage Grouse and other Habitats. Lincoln County, Wyoming.
Service Area: Western Wyoming & Eastern Idaho.


This 17,000 acre bank has prime habitat in western Wyoming. Besides sage grouse, a majority of the Bank Property contains summer, transitional, and crucial winter range for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose. Other wildlife includes waterfowl, bald and golden eagles, beaver, native cutthroat trout, white-tailed jackrabbit, mountain cottontail, desert cottontail, pygmy rabbit, mountain lion, bobcat, American badger, weasel, white-tailed prairie dog, and bats.

















Whelan Ranch Conservation Bank

(MVV, LLC). Upland/Coastal Sage Scrub. Oceanside.
Service Area: San Diego County, including coastal areas.

This 150-acre bank sold conservation credits for mitigation of multispecies impact within the San Diego County NCCP, including coastal properties. It is sold out, but there are 2.7 unassigned credits of CSS available for resale. Contact us for more information.

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(Pulte Homes). Upland/Coastal Sage Scrub. Lakeside

High quality CSS mitigation within the Pre-Approved Mitigation Area (PAMA) of the Metro-Lakeside-Jamul segment of the adopted County of San Diego (County) Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Subarea Plan, and is one of the largest remaining blocks of Diegan coastal sage remaining within the Lakeside archipelago. The site supports primarily high quality Diegan coastal sage scrub (72.6 acres) which is an MSCP Tier II habitat. The site is considered coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) occupied Diegan coastal sage scrub, with between two and four pair having been observed on the site during surveys over multiple years.

Other plant and animal species that occur on the site include approximately 507 San Diego sunflower (Bahiopsis laciniata) and 38 Coulter’s matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) individuals, monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), orange-throated whiptail (Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi), southern California rufous-crowned sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps canescens), Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperi), and turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).

The Diegan coastal sage scrub within the parcel meets the criteria to be considered sensitive habitat lands and Biological Resource Core Area (BRCA), as defined in the County’s RPO and Biological Mitigation Ordinance (BMO). The majority of the scrub on site is mapped as very high quality habitat on the BMO habitat evaluation map.

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This property is immediately available.
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McCollum & Sweetwater will happily provide information on any of its wetland mitigation or conservation bank projects. Please contact Mike McCollum for availability and pricing.
    
 
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Other Projects Accomplished by McCollum Associates

McCollum Associates and Sweetwater Environmental Biologists represent clients to design and implement economically feasible solutions to conflicts with environmental and habitat issues. While development impacts can negatively impact habitat and sensitive species, we help facilitate ways to make those impacts provide a net benefit to the ecosystem. The following are examples of other McCollum Associates & Sweetwater have accomplished, individually or collectively::
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