SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are releasing a 50-year wetlands recovery plan for San Francisco Bay and other California tidal marshes that have been lost to urban development.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's $1.24 billion plan covers the Bay and a patchwork of other tidal marshes in northern and central California, making it the nation's second-largest wetlands recovery after the Florida Everglades.
The restoration effort is an attempt to save 17 struggling species of plants and animals that rely on wetlands to survive.
More than 90 percent of San Francisco Bay's historic tidal marshes have been lost.
Though not a mandate, the plan sets goals backed by scientific study that can be used to guide restoration projects.
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