17 April 2008


Surprisingly good article in SF Weekly on Presidio manzanita (Arctostaphylos hookerii ssp. ravenii) and the problems with native plant restoration.

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Blogger chuck b. said...

That was excellent.

You read the weeklies?

4/18/2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger chuck b. said...

Random inquiry: I'm trying to help the director promote the coyote slash urban wildlife mgmt movie, San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart. She gave me five copies of the DVD to spread around. Do you know anyone in the E Bay who'd be interested in the seeing, possibly buying, or even selling the DVD? I can send you a copy if you can pass it along to someone like that. I think the Botanical Garden's going to invite her to a members event and host a screening, and I'm giving some to a few ecology teachers I know. That sort of thing.

I'm working my network.

4/18/2008 10:53 AM  
Blogger mmw said...

God no, I don't read them, but that was the cover story; I noticed it walking down the strreet and looked it up online.

I sent some suggestions for the DVD to your yahoo acct.

4/18/2008 12:38 PM  
Blogger chuck b. said...

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4/18/2008 6:15 PM  
Blogger mmw said...

weird, that was the address I used. I sent it again, let me know. I also sent you a gmail invite.

And if you do get it, delete your comment, so you don't get spammed.

4/19/2008 12:19 AM  
Blogger chuck b. said...

The ship has sailed on not getting spammed. But thanks, I opened the gmail account. The machine is supposed to send you a note about it.

4/19/2008 9:44 AM  
Blogger Brent said...

That's a fine article. I'll have to link from my blog too.

Couldn't someone clone more of the Raven's manzanita and sell it to native plant fanciers as both insurance and fund-raiser? National Geographic did something similar with the Wollemi Pine.

Dawn redwood seems to fall in the same category of commercially recoverable species.

4/22/2008 12:30 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

I was with it until the Nazi thing. It's a favorite argument of noxious weed lovers, but it doesn't hold water (google Godwin's law). Also, people have tended land with biodiversity in mind, and removed invasive species, long before Hitler was born. Hitler also had a dog.. so are dog owners Nazis too? I think not.

I don't know the Presidio per se, but keep in mind, there are millions of eucalyptus and pine trees in the world, and only one Raven's manzanita (literally.) I agree that ecologically, it is already extinct... but other dune endemic plants aren;t.

4/23/2008 12:09 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

Interesting...I'm trying to germinate seed of a cousin, Columbia manzanita. It sounded like something with good fruit for birds, but I don't know if it will grow here. Worth a try, though.

5/01/2008 3:58 PM  
Blogger mmw said...

Good luck with that, Lisa. Give it killer drainage and keep your fingers crossed on the hardiness.

5/01/2008 10:45 PM  
Blogger mmw said...

Oh, by the way, Brent, I don't know if all those Wollemi pines they're selling are close or not, but there is more than one left at its undisclosed location. Meaning, They can grow them from seed, and maintain whatever genetic diversity is left.

"Just one left" is basically the same thing as "extinct".

5/01/2008 10:51 PM  

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