The story behind the decline of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) is one of habitat loss and fragmentation from development and other human activities. While development may affect small and often isolated habitat segments, rare species like the tiger salamander can benefit if mitigation results in the protection of larger, sustainable parcels of habitat. For six years, the Ohlone Preserve Conservation Bank has provided local project applicants a way to permit their projects, while preserving high quality habitat for this impacted species at the same time. For more information about the Ohlone Preserve Conservation Bank, visit: www.fws.gov/endangered/landowners/ohlone_bank.html.
Photo credit: Robert Fletcher, Ohlone Preserve Conservation Bank