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Moving manzanita bush costs S.F. a small fortune
SF Gate ^ | June 2, 2010 | Andrew Ross

Posted on 06/02/2010 9:57:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Money may not grow on trees, but it sure cost taxpayers a bundle to move a bush that was found growing in the path of the Doyle Drive rebuild.

Not just any bush - this was the Franciscan manzanita, a city native that was thought for 60 years to be extinct until the bush was spotted late last year.

With the final bills in, the cost of moving the bush in January came to $175,000 - $140,000 to dig up and move the shrub, and $35,000 for "support" services from geological, botanical and climate experts in preparation for its new home in the Presidio less than a mile away.

The discovery of the 8-inch-tall, 20-foot-wide bush was greeted with cries of joy by nature enthusiasts but quiet shock by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, which suddenly found a leafy version of the spotted owl right in the path of a billion-dollar roadway.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: envirowackos; governmentwaste; manzanita
What budget problem?
1 posted on 06/02/2010 9:57:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

LOL! Those wacky San Franciscans.


2 posted on 06/02/2010 9:59:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("A Republic, If You Can Keep It" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: smokingfrog

Question: why not leave it there and let some botanists (and/or geneticists) study/preserve it when it produces seed.

Moving it, if you assume it to be an otherwise extinct specimen, seems to only increase the risks of it dying out completely...


3 posted on 06/02/2010 10:00:57 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: smokingfrog

And folks actually wonder why California governments (from the state level down to local) are teetering on real bankruptcy...


4 posted on 06/02/2010 10:01:53 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Well, this time it really IS the fault of “bush”;)


5 posted on 06/02/2010 10:03:08 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Well, this time it really IS the fault of “bush”;)


6 posted on 06/02/2010 10:03:35 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: smokingfrog

I used to burn this stuff for coals My nephews said it was the best chow ever.

It’s dense wood. It burns hot. Great for steaks


7 posted on 06/02/2010 10:04:59 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: smokingfrog

How about having the person who finds such items be responsible for the cost and upkeep of same? He or she can establish a fund and let the taxpayers donate if they want to.


8 posted on 06/02/2010 10:07:44 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Frank_2001

What I find funny is my wife would have taken “a clipping” and I’d have the damn things all over my yard. LOL!


9 posted on 06/02/2010 10:07:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("A Republic, If You Can Keep It" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: mylife

Manzanita wood, when dry, is excellent for burning in a campfire, barbecue, fireplace, or stove. It is dense and burns at a high temperature for long periods. However, caution should be exercised, because the high temperatures can damage thin-walled barbecues, and even crack cast iron stoves or cause chimney fires.

Who knew?


10 posted on 06/02/2010 10:11:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: smokingfrog

To pass, you must bring me.....a shrubbery!


11 posted on 06/02/2010 10:13:14 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: smokingfrog

I have a pile of Palo Verde that’s been in my backyard for about 10 years. I’m almost afraid to burn it....


12 posted on 06/02/2010 10:16:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: OneWingedShark

what you say only makes sense if you assumee that anything those #$%^$ in sf makes sense.
a world gone mad
itt is incredible how easily those people spend other people’s money


13 posted on 06/02/2010 10:25:22 PM PDT by genghis
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To: smokingfrog

These people are idiots. I would have moved it without killing it for no more than 50 grand. Sheesh.


14 posted on 06/02/2010 10:29:32 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: smokingfrog

CA wildfires explained...


15 posted on 06/02/2010 10:29:39 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: smokingfrog

They should just wall off the city and declare it the California State Mental Asylum.


16 posted on 06/02/2010 10:30:31 PM PDT by matt1234 (The only crisis 0bama can manage is one he intentionally created.)
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To: smokingfrog

I love when liberals and/or government agencies have to live with the crap they so eagerly foist on those of us with jobs.


17 posted on 06/02/2010 10:34:53 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: smokingfrog

Manzanita and madrone grow wild everywhere on the SF peninsula and in the Santa Cruz Mountains. When you’re $20 billion overspent, what’s a couple hundred thou among friends?


19 posted on 06/02/2010 10:36:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: smokingfrog

In. Fricking. Sane.


20 posted on 06/02/2010 10:36:39 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (FREE ARIZONA!)
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To: smokingfrog

“Manzanita”? Sounds like a gay latino stage name. Just right for San Fran Sicko.


21 posted on 06/02/2010 10:41:12 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: TheBattman

Phew, that was a close one!
But money well spent which otherwise would have been available to be wasted on helping the needy.


22 posted on 06/02/2010 11:15:57 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Democratics' Obama Cr*pcare: the gift that stinks more and more.)
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To: OldArmy52

Just think of the SF bus driver that could have been hired for $175,000. I agree, what a waste.


23 posted on 06/02/2010 11:18:20 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: smokingfrog
You guys just can't tell a beautiful bush from a regular one.


24 posted on 06/02/2010 11:24:43 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Don't forget all the Oregon coast.
25 posted on 06/02/2010 11:29:04 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: mylife
There are over 70 types. This one retails for 20 bucks a pot. One place has 50 ready. It is only available from stock. It must take a long time in the wild to find one. As for the owl. I have seen them live in storm drains. Another line of fraud.
26 posted on 06/02/2010 11:44:46 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: smokingfrog

When you see the hills of CA burning most of it is manzanita. Especially up that far north. I guess they found some sub-species they just couldn’t live without.


27 posted on 06/03/2010 12:01:30 AM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: OneWingedShark

exactly


28 posted on 06/03/2010 3:04:57 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: smokingfrog; SouthTexas; happydogx2; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; marsh2

Your tax dollars at work in Frisco...


29 posted on 06/03/2010 7:38:34 AM PDT by tubebender (Lost another one to Mr Bumble....)
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To: smokingfrog

My husband, as a new Californian, late from Detroit, failed his biology leaf collection (a required assignment) because he identified manzanita as “mountain brush”. No Californian would ever have made that mistake. Manzanita grows profusely throughout the foothills in CA, easily identified by its red branches. It is an interesting and distinctive plant.

But, a kid from Detroit would have no way of knowing what it was, and neither would his parents. Nor, would they care.


30 posted on 06/03/2010 1:38:02 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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