Rare Franciscan Manzanita Could Be Listed as Endangered Species After All

SF Weekly readers might recall the wild discovery two years ago when a Franciscan Manzanita bush — thought to be extinct — was randomly spotted in a Presidio traffic island. Since then, environmentalists have fought to have the plant protected — and now they might have won.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed that the plant be added to the Endangered Species Act list. Next comes a 60-day comment period, during which time the agency will determine whether it's possible to protect sufficient habitat to keep the plant from vanishing.

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