[fosc] Help Save Endangered Species

Ralph Kanz 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 
Presidio populations.

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.

Ralph Kanz





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