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News, The Snitch Rare Manzanita Plant <i>Finally</i> Gets Some Love From the Feds

Rare Manzanita Plant Finally Gets Some Love From the Feds

How much space does a plant need to grow, if its population recently crashed to a single specimen?In the case of the Franciscan Manzanita, a shrub thought to be extinct in the wild until it was discovered in 2009 growing alongside…
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News, The Snitch Sharp Park: State Senator Unwittingly Signs Resolution to Keep Golf Course Open

Sharp Park: State Senator Unwittingly Signs Resolution to Keep Golf Course Open

Local environmentalists are accusing golfers of forging a state senator's name on a resolution that supports preserving Sharp Park Golf Course as a golfing haven. The San Francisco Public Golf Alliance (SFPGA), asked for -- and got -- a state…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Vetoes Supes' Bill Closing Sharp Park Golf Course

Mayor Ed Lee Vetoes Supes' Bill Closing Sharp Park Golf Course

Sharp Park Golf Course will remain open for now -- despite legislation closing the course and handing the land on which it is built over to the federal government that passed the Board of Supervisors last week -- thanks to…
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News, The Snitch Local Environmentalists Sue U.S. Government for "Failing to Protect" Manzanita Plant

Local Environmentalists Sue U.S. Government for "Failing to Protect" Manzanita Plant

The saga over the effort to protect the rare and precious Franciscan Manzanita plant escalated on Tuesday when the San Francisco Wild Equity Institute filed a lawsuit against U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The group claims his agency failed miserably…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Sued for 'Killing' Endangered Species at Sharp Park Golf Course

S.F. Sued for 'Killing' Endangered Species at Sharp Park Golf Course

It came as no surprise to city leaders when conservation groups slapped them with a lawsuit today, accusing the Recreation and Park Department of perpetually killing endangered species at Sharp Park Golf Course. The suit -- which was filed today…
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News, The Snitch New Study Claims Big Cost Savings by Eliminating Golf at Sharp Park

New Study Claims Big Cost Savings by Eliminating Golf at Sharp Park

A new study commissioned by environmental activists asserts that Sharp Park Golf Course should be restored to a wilderness area, a move the study claims would save millions of dollars for San Francisco taxpayers and aid the survival of endangered…
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News, The Snitch Franciscan Manzanita, Once Thought Extinct, On Way to Becoming 'Endangered'

Franciscan Manzanita, Once Thought Extinct, On Way to Becoming 'Endangered'

Usually, a species has to be endangered before it goes extinct. Not the Franciscan Manzanita. It went extinct -- and now it may become endangered. Readers may recall the discovery last year of a Franciscan Manzanita bush -- believed extinct…
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News, The Snitch Finally, "Extinct" Plant Brings Harmony Among Environmentalists, Scientists and Caltrans

Finally, "Extinct" Plant Brings Harmony Among Environmentalists, Scientists and Caltrans

Who would have believed there would be a time when pesky environmentalists and seemingly callous developers agree? It seems the discovery of the very rare Franciscan Manzanita plant has brought these competing interests together. Everyone, from scientists, Caltrans officials and…
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