Open Spaces: Meet the Species: Rare Plant Needs Your Help

Meet the Species: Rare Plant Needs Your Help

Meet one of the rarest plants in the country.

The Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) is an incredibly uncommon species of shrub that grows in and around San Francisco and was just given protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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(Photo: Sarah Swenty/USFWS)

Once believed exctinct, the last known wild Franciscan manzanita was discovered in 2009 during a road renovation project and moved for protection.

We're currently working with conservation partners to recover the species, but we need your help.

We're looking for specific information related to the amount and distribution of historic habitat and the range of the plant, probable economic impacts of designating critical habitat, and whether the Service should or should not designate critical habitat for the plant.

We're accepting comments until November 5.

Please go here for more info about how you can get involved.

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Last updated: June 21, 2012