Arana oak -- March, 2000 -- by Jean Brocklebank
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
A third year of drought, coupled with a lack of any consistent, meaningful management of tarplant habitat by the City for the past 15 years (which spent its energy, time and money on building a bike short cut through the greenbelt) has resulted in the lowest inventory of Holocarpha macradenia since records began. Friends of Arana Gulch found three individuals (one very tiny indeed) and the City's botanist found a fourth, so tiny as to be almost imperceptible. Of the four plants, two were desiccated and gone by August.
Click HERE to see how they looked on July 10th.
Click HERE to see how they looked on September 5th (note that we had mulched around their bases to try to preserve any moisture in the soil).
Click HERE to see the only surviving tarplant on September 27 (with its 51 flowers).
Click HERE to see the destruction of the Arana Gulch Greenbelt to build a bicycle "path."
Click HERE for the Santa Cruz Sentinel article on the Hagemann bridge cost overrun.
Click HERE to see the Brommer Street curbing that had to be replaced.
Click HERE to see pictures that holler "More cost overruns to come!" due to original project design flaws.
Click HERE to see the paved routes in the context of the destruction to create them.
Click HERE to see the continuing destruction of tarplant habitat even after the paving was completed.