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Caltrans $7mil Boost for Conservation


Last updated 1/20/2016 at 9:17am

The California Department of Transportation plans to commit $7 million to the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conversation plan within the next four years.

The money will be available for land purchases and management potentially expediting the goal of local officials in preserving 240,000 acres under a 70-year regional conservation plan.

The California Transportation Commission is still required to approve the request this month, however, if approved, the funding would be available in the 2019 fiscal year, according to Caltrans.

“Caltrans strongly supports the objectives outlined in the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. By working together, Caltrans and leaders in the Coachella Valley have been able to maintain and improve roads while preserving the desert’s natural environment,” District 8 Director John Bulinski said in a statement.

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