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Conservation windfall – Ahead of schedule

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The $175 million 5-year conservation project launched by the Lucile and Packard Foundation in 1998 is ahead of schedule and will double the amount of land it hopes to preserve from development by 2002, the Contra Costa Times reported Nov. 30.

Since the Conserving California Landscape Initiative began 2-years ago, the foundation has preserved over 327,000 acres of California land in three regions of the state facing growth pressure.

It plans to preserve a total of 500,00 acres by the project’s completion.

By giving out grants and loans that must be matched by others, the foundation hopes to save more land than it could preserve by simply purchasing property outright.

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