Builders, Environmentalists Set Placer Wetlands Pact


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 11, 2005

Vernal pools and the protected species they shelter usually prompt extended fights between environmentalists and developers.

But Kim Delfino of Defenders of Wildlife says they were able to swiftly reach an agreement with a development company that’s building 8,400 new homes and a new regional park west of Roseville. “It took a lawsuit in order to start moving forward on this. But to be honest with you, once we sat down and explained the problems that we had with the way that the current project was moving forward, we actually were able to come up with a settlement agreement.”

The pact with development companies 1600 Placer Investors and Roseville/Fiddyment Land Ventures requires that for every acre of vernal pools that is destroyed by development, two acres are purchased and preserved. A total of about 3,800 acres of wetlands and grasslands will be preserved for critical habitat.