Manzanita species, native only to San Francisco area — from feared extinction to treasured revival

KQEDondemand | January 19, 2011 | With their reddish bark and bell-shaped flowers, manzanitas are California’s iconic plants, adapted to the state’s many ecosystems. One of the two manzanitas that grew exclusively in San Francisco’s foggy climate, the Franciscana, was thought to have gone extinct in the wild until it was rediscovered in 2009. QUEST explores how the San Francisco Botanical Garden is toiling to give one of the city’s rarest native plants a second chance.
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Reduce, reuse, recycle, restore, replant … rewilding nature

“You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.”*

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Oostvaardersplassen, Evamariakintzel, Wikimedia Commons

Discover magazine examines the idea of rewilding America by re-introducing keystone species (or their modern-day large herbivore equivalents) to reestablish dynamic ecosystems. At present, an Amsterdam reserve has brought together wild horses, deer, and descendants of prehistoric cattle to roam and graze. Read more here.

* I’d originally seen this quotation attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but online searches connect it with fitness expert Bonnie Prudden.

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