[Fosc] Pallid Manzanita

Kathren Murrell Stevenson kathren at gmail.com
Thu Sep 18 15:53:09 PDT 2008

Actually, Chabot is, as we speak, working with the City of Oakland and a
local environmental consultant to address the California Department of Fish
and Game comments to the Habitat Protection Plan, which is the next step in
securing a permit for the populations on the Chabot Campus and in the Sausal
Creek watershed. Our goal is to make sure the permiting process goes
through in time to begin active conservation of this species by next summer
at the latest. Ralph is right in that this is a big priority for FOSC. In
fact, I have been attending monthly meetings to help the City and Chabot
work towards this goal.

There will be a RESTORATION COMMITTEE MEETING on the third wednesday in
October, at the Dimond Branch Library at 7:00 pm. Please come if you are
interested in hearing further updates on how FOSC is helping to facilitate
this process. If you have questions before then, please contact me directly.

Thank you,
Kathren M. Stevenson
Restoration Program Director
Friends of Sausal Creek

On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:01 PM, Nancy A Jones <jonesna at juno.com> wrote:

>  Can we get a permit for our adopted site that is NOT tied to Chabot since
> they're clearly not interested in taking proper care of the plants on their
> land?
> Nancy Jones
> jonesna at juno.com
> On Thu, 18 Sep 2008 14:46:03 -0700 Ralph Kanz <rkanz at sonic.net> writes:
> In 1994 there were 21 pallid manzanita at the Chabot Space and Science
> Center.  Today, after finding another plant dead, eight remain alive.  Three
> or four of the surviving plants are in very poor condition and will likely
> die in the next year.  When the building was approved in 1995, Chabot agreed
> to manage pallid manzanita on the site to ensure their survival in
> perpetuity.
> For a number of years FOSC has worked to improve the habitat at the Chabot
> site and at the nearby adopted site.  This year we had 46 pallid manzanita
> seedlings appear at the adopted site as the result of work we did in 2004.
> After consulting with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) they requested
> that we cease activities around pallid manazanita until we obtained a permit
> from the Department.  Chabot has completed a draft management plan for the
> manzanita on their site, but they have not yet finalized it and obtained
> permits from DFG.  DFG suggested that FOSC activities be rolled into the
> permit for Chabot.
> At this point there are further steps we could undertake to improve the
> habitat for the species, but we cannot start without the DFG permit.  Chabot
> seems in no hurry to complete the management plan they promised to complete
> before they started grading the site for construction.  And the plants
> continue to die in perpetuity.
> >From Chabot's website:
> *Our Mission*
> *Chabot Space & Science Center inspires and educates students of all ages
> about our Planet Earth and the Universe.*
> *Its observatory, planetarium, exhibits, and natural park setting are a
> place where a diverse population of students, teachers, and the public can
> imagine, understand, and learn to shape their future through science.*
> Pallid manzanita was listed as an endangered species but he State in 1979
> and threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1998.  There are
> approximately 1200 plants left.  And the number continues to decline.
> Ralph Kanz
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