Calif. city council OKs conservation-plan participation

The San Jose, Calif., City Council approved participation in the Habitat Conservation Plan, which aims to ensure money collected from developers to offset environmental damage is used efficiently, including preventing 18 plant and animal species from being wiped out. Five other government agencies in Santa Clara County participate. The plan affects land in 60% of the county and is expected to raise $665 million in fees, grants and donations.

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