Conservation and Mitigation Banking Instructions and Templates

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California’s conservation and mitigation banking program is guided by Fish and Game Code Sections 1797 - 1799(opens in new tab). The program descriptions, policies, publications, and the links provided below are an excellent source of information regarding banking.

If you are interested in establishing a conservation or mitigation bank, please read through these pages carefully, and then contact the CDFW Regional Banking Coordinator in the area of your bank. Banking Coordinators will be happy to help you with our conservation locations of interest, current procedures, specific instructions, and documents.

Resources for Prospective Bank Sponsors

Bank Document Templates

In a statewide multi-agency team effort, the Department entered into a multi-agency Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 (PDF)(opens in new tab) to guide how the state and federal agencies would work together to streamline processes and standardize bank document templates. The agencies represented in this template-development effort include: the California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association - National Marine Fisheries Service and State Water Resources Control Board.

The current joint bank document templates include: