Nicolaus Ranch VELB Conservation Bank

Westervelt Ecological ServicesNicolaus Ranch VELB Conservation Bank

General Information

Nicolaus Ranch VELB Conservation Bank is a 42.03-acre site approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offset unavoidable impacts to the valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB) (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). The VELB is completely dependent on its host plant, elderberry (Sambucus species), which occurs in riparian and other woodland and scrub communities. The site is ideally located adjacent to the Cosumnes River in south Sacramento County and is surrounded by compatible land uses. The Bank offers an excellent opportunity to preserve and permanently protect VELB habitat and expand the riparian community in this area. Elderberry plants within a riparian corridor allow for possible movement of the VELB within its range.

The Bank provides VELB credits and has the opportunity to accept VELB transplants. One VELB credit is equal to 1,800 square feet. Per USFWS Guidelines, one acre of VELB habitat is equivalent to 24.2 units, and one elderberry transplant can be accommodated per unit.

Credit Overview

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Nicolaus Ranch VELB Conservation Bank

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Service area:

The Bank Service Area corresponding to the known range of the VELB, based on the range map provided by the Sacramento U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office up to an elevation of approximately 500 feet.

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Please contact Travis Hemmen at (916) 646-3644, or use the “Request For Information” form for additional site or pricing information.

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