[fosc] Help Save Endangered Species
rkanz at earthlink.net
Wed May 10 13:37:15 PDT 2006
Wednesday May 17 at 6:30 pm the Planning Commission will be accepting
comments on the Draft EIR for the proposed project at Crestmont and
Westfield. The site supports the largest East Bay population of Presidio
clarkia outside of Redwood Regional Park. We need people to show up in
opposition to the destruction of this incredible resource.
Presidio clarkia was listed as an endangered species by the State of
California in 1978 and the federal government in 1995. Presidio clarkia
is known from only two areas: the Presidio in San Francisco and the
Oakland Hills. The Presidio supports two populations and a third
population documented there historically has probably been extirpated.
Surveys conducted in 2004 of Presidio clarkia in the Oakland Hills found
six populations that are probably the fragmented remnants of an original
single meta-population. Electrophoretic comparison of the Oakland Hills
and Presidio populations “strongly suggests that the Oakland Hills
population did not originate by seed transfer from San Francisco, and
that it must be regarded as indigenous to its present locality.” This
genetically distinct population provides an important contribution to
the genetic diversity of the species, as well as insurance against a
worst-case scenario resulting in the catastrophic extirpation of the
Also found on the site are most beautiful jewelflower, a plant that was
very close to receiving a federal designation as a threatened species .
There are only two known populations of most beautiful jewelflower in
Oakland. One is the Crestmont site, stretching from near the
intersection of Redwood Road and Crestmont Drive to just past the
intersection with Westfield Way. The other is on serpentine road cuts
along Butters Drive not far from the Crestmont site.
Other notables on the site include Tiburon buckwheat, Douglas sandwort,
and a fine example of a Serpentine bunchgrass grassland.
This project would not be taking place if the City has fulfilled its
obligation under CEQA when other projects in this area were undertaken.
So far City officials are supporting this project, even though it
threatens to destroy a resource that is unique to Oakland.
I hope to see you Wednesday at the meeting. Please contact me if you
need any further information.
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