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County Scrutinizes Conservation Spending

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Clark County commissioners are taking a close look at how much is being spent to protect the desert tortoise.

Since 2001, nearly $16-million has gone toward conservation efforts for the endangered tortoise.

Under the county’s habitat plan, developers must pay $550 per acre to help protect dozens of animals and plants.

Commissioners plan to talk to the state’s congressional delegation, and see if current federal law can be modified.

It’s estimated nearly 91,000 adult tortoises live in Nevada, with thousands more in California, Arizona and Utah.

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