On September 4, 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will issue a final rule today listing the Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) as an endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. (See article by Peter Fimrite). The Chronicle also reported that the Service proposes to designate more than 300 acres of critical habitat in San Francisco for the plant. The proposed critical habitat includes areas in Presidio, Corona Heights, Twin Peaks, Mount Davidson, Diamond Heights, Bernal Heights, and Bayview Park. For further background regarding this listing please see our posts of September 12, 2011 and August 22, 2010.
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