Feds out­line 50-year plan for wet­lands restora­tion

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FRE­MONT | A 50-year plan for the restora­tion of San Fran­cisco Bay and other coastal wet­lands was re­leased Thurs­day by fed­eral wildlife of­fi­cials who say it’s the big­gest ef­fort to save tidal marshes out­side the Florida Ever­glades.

The $1.24 bil­lion plan for the bay and a patch­work of tidal marshes in north­ern and cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia calls for projects along 500 miles of the state’s 1,100-mile coast­line, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Ser­vice said.

The plan is the re­sult of 15 years of re­search and pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions meant to save 17 strug­gling species of plants and an­i­mals, in­clud­ing the en­dan­gered Cal­i­for­nia clap­per rail, a bird.

“The plan puts to­gether in one doc­u­ment ev­ery­thing you need for their re­cov­ery,” said Cay Goude, an en­dan­gered­species ex­pert with the ser­vice.

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