BTW - the laborers union from Lincoln, Sharp, and Harding Park in the orange shirts are here in force. Delighted to see them here.
-- Sent from my Palm Prē
I've excerpted a clip of Biologist Karen Swaim's presentation from the SFGOVTV.org link to Mirkarimi's meeting.
For anyone who would like to have a real appreciation of who Karen Swaim is, why she is considered The Authority of the SF garter snake, the red leg frog and their habitat at Sharp Park, and why she is recommending the A18 option for Sharp Park (despite the fact that she is not a golfer and does not give a rat's ass about the game), I strongly recommend you invest 14 minutes in this video clip. My hope is that by giving her presentation more visibility, it will help inoculate against the kind of misinformation offered by the anonymous commenter to this post.
Her prez speaks for itself, but here are a few of her choice quotes:
"Our goal is to provide the science about the biology of what is best for the San Francisco garter snake..."
"Golf is not what is responsible for the decline of the San Francisco garter snake."
"This is a photograph from 1928. There is no golf here. The land surrounding Laguna Salada to the East, to the South, to the North, everywhere except the ocean, was agricultural fields. It is not pristine upland coastal prairie that would've been high quality upland for the San Francisco garter snake. You can see that there is a major channel up here [points to Laguna Salada] that illustrates there was connection to the ocean."
"1946 is the very first year the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog were documented... there are 46 [garter snakes] he gets over two years, and golf has already been here for 16 years."
"In 1978 Sean Berry did his studies and he observed 37 San Francisco garter snakes along this area... and again golf has been in place for 46 years"
"1989 - This [photo] is not long after the the El Nino storms and the big storms of the eighties that resulted in a lot of sea water intrusion into the lagoon. By now, the sea wall is mostly constructed... From 1986 to 1988 some studies were done and no San Francisco garter snakes were found in this area after all the salt water intrusion. That was to a large part because the red legged frog was wiped out by the salt water."
"We're back to present day conditions... the frogs are prolific west of highway one, they are not in any trouble at all west of highway one. San Francisco garter snakes are concentrating again at Mori Point pond and horse stable pond."
"You need to protect the sea wall. You need to have a fresh water managed habitat currently for this species to recover it, and that is all there is to it."