Conservation and Mitigation Banking
Laws and Policies
California Fish and Game Code Guidance
n 2012, the California Legislature enacted Chapter 7.9, Sections 1797 – 1799.1 to govern bank applications and fees. These sections provide details on the process for establishing a conservation or mitigation bank, and the initial fees necessary at each step of the process.The statute also requires CDFW to: create and maintain a database to track bank information; make the database information available on this website; annually report to the Legislature on the status of the banking program; and adopt and amend Guidelines to implement the bank program.
The Fish and Game Code also contains guidance for wetlands mitigation banking in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley.
- Chapter 7.8. Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Wetlands Mitigation Bank Act of 1993.
- Supplemental Policy Regarding Conservation Banks within the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) area of southern California - 1996
- Official Policy on Conservation Banks - California Natural Resources Agency, 1995
- Highlights of the Official Policy - 1995
Federal Guidance for Mitigation and Conservation Banking
In addition to the State laws and policies listed above, the federal government has published federal guidance about both mitigation and conservation banking.