Craig Denishoff, a long-time industry friend of Restoration Systems, and now President of Westervelt Ecological Services, has opened a bank of the latest, hottest ecological mitigation in well-regulated California: Garter Snakes.
Says Craig “There’s been a lot of pent-up demand for giant garter snake mitigation,” “There just have not been mitigation alternatives available.”
“Giant garter snakes will soon have a new home in Sutter County, clearing the way for public agencies and developers to build more than 400 acres of infrastructure and other new projects.”
Westervelt Ecological Services, a Sacramento subsidiary of Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based real estate, lumber and wildlife services business Westervelt Corp., has established the 424-acre Sutter Basin Conservation Bank to restore giant garter snake habitat. It will sell mitigation credits for projects in Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, Butte and Tehama counties.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires developers to mitigate, or offset, the destruction of habitat for threatened and endangered species by preserving similar land or buying credits from conservation banks. Sutter Basin is the only conservation bank with credits available for giant garter snake mitigation.”