Protecting Habitat for Threatened & Endangered Species

Thousands of species in the United States are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change. Many of these species are afforded protections under the Endangered Species Act. Magnolia restores and conserves priority habitat for threatened and endangered species, usually through the development of conservation banks. Our landscape-scale projects functionally improve outcomes for these at-risk species while also providing a timely and efficient permitting solutions via mitigation credits. In total, the company has conserved over 5,000 acres of threatened and endangered species habitat across the country.

 

Benefits to Applicants

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Our team has years of experience in identifying, restoring, enhancing, and conserving priority species habitat. Our portfolio of conservation banks is expanding and we are always looking for new opportunities to help project developers solve complex permitting challenges. Examples of previous mitigation projects include those for:

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  • Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis)

  • Northern Long-Eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

  • Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

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  • Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

  • Freshwater Mussels (Various)

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  • Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)

  • Northern Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus)

  • Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata)


Featured Project: Threatened & Endangered Species

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Oley Conservation Bank Site (Berks County, PA)

Magnolia developed a multi-species ecological offset in Berks County that permanently preserved approximately 35 acres of priority habitat. The project supports habitat for the federally endangered Indiana bat, the federally threatened northern long-eared bat, and the federally threatened bog turtle. The property contains a mix of hardwood forested habitat utilized by the bats and open-canopy wetlands with mucky soils utilized by bog turtles. The site is also home to the largest maternity colony of Indiana bats in Pennsylvania, now protected from development by way of a permanent conservation easement. The species mitigation credits generated by this project were used to offset unavoidable environmental impacts to the species habitat elsewhere in Pennsylvania.