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A tale of two species, and a lagoon

January 24, 2012 by Paul Hagey

Sharp Park is at the center of a controversy over whether golfing can coexist with endangered species. The Pacifica course, which overlooks the ocean, is a unique coastal freshwater ecosystem with a lagoon that's great for the California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. But if you want to keep the fairways open to business, much of that water has to be pumped away.

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Supes to decide on Sharp Park today; then to Mayor’s office

December 06, 2011 by Paul Hagey

The San Francisco garter snake and its food of choice, the California red-legged frog, may get new landlords at their wetland home, the San Francisco-owned Sharp Park in Pacifica, if the board of supervisors passes legislation today that would clear the way for a transfer of its management to the National Park Service.

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Sharp Park Debate Hastens Citywide Biodiversity Policy

June 15, 2011 by Erica Reder

The ongoing debate over protected species at San Francisco's Sharp Park golf course in Pacifica seems to have accelerated a long-simmering effort to enact a citywide biodiversity policy. But with enactment two years away, Sharp Park's fate may be decided before the new rules take effect.

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Brent Plater Takes Aim at Sharp Park

June 10, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

For a decade, San Francisco environmental attorney Brent Plater has been standing up for the rights of wildlife and wild places, first as Bay Area program director for the Center for Biological Diversity. Now, as head of the Wild Equity Institute (WEI) based in San Francisco, he continues to battle threats to endangered species and lands, as well as defending the people most impacted by these threats.

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Groups Sue SF Over Sharp Park

March 04, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

Environmental groups have filed suit against the city of San Francisco under claims it's violating the Endangered Species Act at Sharp Park Golf Course. The groups say that San Francisco, which owns and operates the 90-year old golf course in Pacifica, is harming two imperiled species: the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake.

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EndangerBus Feature: San Francisco Garter Snake

December 23, 2010 by Bay Nature Staff

Reptile expert Robert Stebbins calls the San Francisco garter snake "one of the most beautiful serpents in North America." The snake's dazzling patterns of color serve as camouflage in its native habitat: the open marshes, stream banks, grasslands, and vernal pools of the San Francisco Peninsula. But the best camouflage is little help if your home territory gets built over.

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Mori Point Restoration

July 21, 2009 by Rick Bacigalupi

Restoration efforts at Pacifica’s Mori Point focus on reclaiming native plant habitat lost over the years to a maze of ...

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Two Chances for Expansion at Mori Point

April 23, 2009 by Laura Hautala

With a San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote set for April 30 to decide the fate of Sharp Park north of Mori Point, and a developer ready to sell a large property to the south, the rare snakes and frogs that thrive on Mori Point could get a whole lot more elbow room.

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A Good Big Year

January 01, 2009 by Aleta George

December 31, 2008, marked the end of the 2008 Endangered Species Big Year in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area ...

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California Red-legged Frog Controversy at Sharp Park Golf Course

April 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Some threatened and endangered amphibians and reptiles are content to share habitat with cattle, as we reported in our April ...

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