"What we're trying to do is enhance existing habitat areas as well as to establish links between habitats," said John Bencomo, director of the Yolo County Department of Planning and Public Works.
, of the Yolo County planning department, said other jurisdictions throughout the region are looking to Yolo as a model for establishing similar conservation plans, with projects being talked about or actively planned in the counties of San Joaquin, Sacramento and Placer.
But Yolo environmentalists say they continue to be wary of the plan and will watch carefully as it is implemented.
"I'm afraid what's really going to happen is they are going to buy up farmland and call that mitigation," Shilling said.
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