East Bay Regional Park District general manger Robert Doyle points to the distance while talking to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell as they look east from Kreiger Peak during a tour in Contra Costa County, Calif., on Monday, May 5, 2014. Standing to the right of Jewell is Contra Costa County supervisor Mary Piepho. Jewell is visiting the lands preserved by the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan, a locally-developed plan to protect and benefit 28 imperiled species in the area while also encouraging land use and economic development. Jewell will tour the area and host a roundtable discussion with Rep. Jerry McNerney and local leaders from the conservation and development communities who spearheaded the successful conservation plan. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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