[Fosc] Fosc Digest, Vol 136, Issue 16

Karen Paulsell via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Wed Apr 27 12:43:42 PDT 2016


For more information about the Serpentine Prairie, see:

http://www.ebparks.org/about/stewardship/plants/serpentineprairie

There's a guide to wildflowers, and a guide to grasses.

Looking at this info  or visiting the prairie always makes me wonder 
what the serpentine area of Joaquin Miller Park would be like, if it had 
not been planted with pines, cypresses, eucs, and acacias, and bulldozed 
for roads, the amphitheater, picnic areas, and even a nursery site (now 
the FOSC nursery, formerly a city-run nursery.)

On 4/27/2016 11:33 AM, Ralph Kanz via Fosc wrote:
>
> The actual project will not have a big impact because the proposal is 
> for an addition to an existing house. The problem is that the City 
> short-cut the environmental review process, something that has 
> happened far too often in the past. Even after being told the species 
> is present on the site, the City did not go forward with CEQA review. 
> I am waiting to hear more from the City, and I will pass along what I 
> learn. The important thing is to have mitigation measures in place 
> that will prevent the take of the species on the site.
>
> If you want to see Presidio clarkia in bloom you can visit the largest 
> East Bay population at the Serpentine Prairie which is located in 
> Redwood Regional Park along Skyline. The largest population outside of 
> the park is located in a City owned median between Skyline and 
> Chadbourne Dr., very near the Serpentine Prairie. The Serpentine 
> Prairie also has some of the greatest diversity of native grasses you 
> can find anywhere. I believe there are 17 species of native grasses 
> found at the location. The Serpentine Prairie is a local treasure that 
> is worth visiting all during the year, but especially for the next 
> couple of months when the greatest number of wildflowers are in bloom. 
> Presidio clarkia are also locate on a number of private properties in 
> the Crestmont area. The Serpentine Prairie is the largest remaining 
> part of a population that once covered a much larger area and is now 
> very fragmented.
>
> Ralph
>
> On 4/26/2016 7:35 PM, Leslie Fisher-Sanders via Fosc wrote:
>> Re: Presidio Clarkia from Ralph
>>
>> Ralph, thank you for sending the update that the clarkia is blooming 
>> and about the development project. Would you be able to send more 
>> info on the project going to be built by the city over the clarkia 
>> site? That is really awful news. I'm really upset to hear about that 
>> and I would like to do something about it. Are there action groups 
>> formed to protect the area from development? Or any way to submit 
>> public comment?
>>
>> I haven't visited the clarkia site in the east bay yet. If you have a 
>> trail head or address to see it I'd like to visit.
>> Its blooming now in the Presidio and I have seen it. It's so beautiful.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Leslie
>> lesliefs31 at gmail.com <mailto:lesliefs31 at gmail.com>
>>
>> On Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 1:04 PM, via Fosc <fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org 
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>>     Today's Topics:
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>>        1. Paul Dries memorial on Saturday, April 30 (Kimra McAfee via
>>     Fosc)
>>        2. Presidio clarkia (Ralph Kanz via Fosc)
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>>     Message: 1
>>     Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:29:15 -0700
>>     From: Kimra McAfee via Fosc <fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
>>     <mailto:fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org>>
>>     To: FOSC list serve <fosc-sausalcreek.org at lists.sausalcreek.org
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>>     Subject: [Fosc] Paul Dries memorial on Saturday, April 30
>>     Message-ID: <5719381B.8060603 at sausalcreek.org
>>     <mailto:5719381B.8060603 at sausalcreek.org>>
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>>     Hi Friends of Sausal Creek,
>>
>>     Tamara Castro asked me to help get the word out about a memorial
>>     service
>>     coming up for former Butters Canyon Conservancy Board Member Paul
>>     Dries
>>     on Saturday, April 30 at his house on Burdeck Drive.  It will be a
>>     potluck style event to gather and remember his life.  Paul passed on
>>     November 20, 2015, after a two year battle with ALS. Anyone
>>     wanting more
>>     details can contact Tamara at tammyhasler at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:tammyhasler at gmail.com> or (480) 390-3971.
>>
>>     Kimra
>>     __________________________________
>>
>>     Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
>>     Friends of Sausal Creek
>>     P.O. Box 2737
>>     Oakland, CA 94602
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>>     Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:20:13 -0700
>>     From: Ralph Kanz via Fosc <fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
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>>     To: FOSC <fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
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>>     Subject: [Fosc] Presidio clarkia
>>     Message-ID: <5719521D.2020108 at sonic.net
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>>     For anyone that wants to see local wildflowers, one of our local
>>     endangered species the Presidio clarkia has started blooming.
>>     Unfortunately the threats to this species have not ended. The
>>     City has
>>     approved a project on a site that has Presidio clarkia but there
>>     was no
>>     environmental review done, and it appears the pre-construction
>>     surveys
>>     did not take place. This is very disappointing given that the
>>     City was
>>     told about the situation before approving the project. Previous
>>     projects, such as the Oakland Hills Tennis Club (approved in
>>     1989) and
>>     the Sunrise Assisted Living Care Facility (approved in 1997) where
>>     Presidio clarkia also occur, have never implemented the mitigation
>>     measures for the species on their sites, and as a result the
>>     populations
>>     are not doing well. Both of these prior projects had requirements
>>     similar to those that were put in place for the pallid manzanita at
>>     Chabot. All of these projects were required to prepare management
>>     plans
>>     for the sites and implement them. None of them have completed
>>     management
>>     plans and implemented all needed mitigation measures.
>>
>>     My wish for Earth Day is for the City of Oakland to finally
>>     follow the
>>     law and do the right thing to protect the rare and endangered
>>     species in
>>     our midst.
>>
>>     Ralph Kanz
>>
>>
>>
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