Recently, the television station KPIX ran a story about the Franciscan manzanita. US Fish and Wildlife, threatened by a lawsuit, designated this plant as an endangered species. It’s now in the process of designating critical habitat for it. This critical habitat includes part of Mt Davidson – and some private land in people’s back yards.
Here’s the video:
Even supporters of Native Plants – such as Jake Sigg, interviewed for this TV clip – are saying this effort is expensive and futile. Meanwhile, plants grown from cuttings of the Doyle Drive specimen now grow in many botanic gardens (including Golden Gate Park), as school yards, back yards and who knows where else, since the plants are commercially available for under $20.
So why did San Francisco Recreation and Parks’ Natural Areas Program add more land to the designated areas?