Category: Endangered Species

Ridgeway's Rail photo

Species Spotlight: Ridgway’s Rail

Plants and animals often act as indicator species, telling us through their presence or absence what the condition of their ecosystem is. In this sense, the story of the endangered Ridgway’s Rail is the story of the San Francisco Bay tidal marshlands – formerly abundant, now greatly reduced. The continued survival of this shorebird species...


Apple orchard in Cupertino?

Take a look at this Youtube video of a presentation by Steve Jobs to Cupertino City Council, discussing a potential new campus for Apple that would bring back plum orchards and natural landscaping. The new jobs could also have a lot of impacts that need addressing, but the proposal is interesting. -Brian


CGF Comments on the draft Stanford HCP and EIS

(We submitted the comments below on the draft Stanford HCP.  -Brian)  August 30, 2010 Sheila Larsen Gary Stern Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service             Re:  Comments on the Draft EIS and HCP/ITP for StanfordUniversity Dear Sheila and Gary: Committee for Green Foothills (CGF) submits the following comments on the Draft EIS...


Tiger Salamanders Return to Historical Marsh Site to Breed Where Lake Lagunita Now Sits

(Another helpful guest post by CGF Intern Anthony Aerts.  I had wondered about this issue for a while.  -Brian Schmidt) While looking through the “Creek & Watershed Map of Palo Alto & Vicinity” created by Janet M. Sowers and published by the Oakland Museum of California (2004), I came across the following information: “Historian Alan...


"Extinct" native plant rediscovered in San Francisco

While extinction is forever, rediscovery can be the one reprieve: A San Francisco native plant thought extinct by botanists has been discovered near the Golden Gate Bridge. The last, wild Franciscan Manzanita was believed to have perished in the 1940s when the city cemeteries where it grew were moved south to allow for neighborhood expansion....


CGF Comments on Admin Draft County Habitat Plan

(Below are CGF’s comments on the Santa Clara County Habitat Plan’s Second Administrative Draft. They’re imported from an Excel file so may be hard to understand the context, bu the first number refers to the Draft Chapter number (e.g., Chapter 9), and further numbers if any refer to chapter sections (9.2.1) and/or page numbers in...


News roundup

Haven’t done one of these in a while: Home Buyers Are Drawn to Nearby Organic Farms – more evidence that urban edge agriculture has a niche: Increasingly, subdivisions, usually master-planned developments at which buyersbuy home sites or raw land, have been treating farms as an amenity. “There arecurrently at least 200 projects that include agriculture...


Opposing the Bush Administration attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act

We sent out an Urgent Alert to supporters over the weekend, asking them to contact the Bush Administration and announce their opposition to proposed rules that would weaken the Endangered Species Act. We contacted the Interior Department as well, and wrote the following. The Committee for Green Foothills represents over a thousand families in Santa...


Ten of the most endangered charismatic megafauna

Scientific American has a nice post and slideshow about ten endangered animals that may go extinct in the next 10 years. They all are found outside of the US (except for the leatherback turtle that occasionally enters US waters) and so the Endangered Species Act does relatively little to help them. Still it might indicate...


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