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Grants Given To San Diego County Habit Preservation Programs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says San Diego County programs to protect and conserve habitat of threatened and endangered species will receive more than $12 million in grants.

The money is part of $66 million in grants from a federal program that funds the purchase of habitat for endangered and threatened species with approved recovery plans.

The City of Carlsbad Habitat Management Plan and San Diego County's Multiple Species Conservation Program are each getting $6 million.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service described the projects in a news release.

The Carlsbad project will buy 150-400 acres of habitat for the coastal California gnatcatcher. The purchases will also benefit other species including the California least tern as well as numerous plants.

The San Diego County Multiple Species Conservation Program project would result in the acquisition of 250-600 acres of land.

The acquisitions will benefit 31 listed and unlisted species, including the San Diego fairy shrimp, arroyo toad, coastal California gnatcatcher, southwestern willow flycatcher, and bald eagle.