Before you decide if over two hundred grand for translocating an Arctostaphylos franciscana a good deal or not, allow me to put “translocate a Arctostaphylos franciscana” into language we can all understand: “Move a shrub”:

The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

“In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. “The plant’s location was directly in the footprint of a roadway improvement project designed to upgrade the seismic and structural integrity of the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge.

“The translocation of the Arctostaphylos franciscana plant to an active native plant management area of the Presidio was accomplished, apparently successfully and according to plan, on January 23, 2010,” the Interior Department reported.

I’ll bet you this thing’s now in Pelosi’s backyard:



12 Responses to “Government Spends $205,000 to Translocate a Arctostaphylos Franciscana

  1. Granny55 on April 15th, 2012 1:55 pm

    Translocate = liberal left coast speak for changing a male shrub into a female shrub via a transplant.

  2. Joe Redfield on April 15th, 2012 2:09 pm

    The surprising thing to me was that it didn't cost ten times a much to move the shrub. Also, you probably realize that if this bush had been sitting on the site of a proposed new, privately owned nuclear power plant(or any other private operation), the government would have cancelled the whole project instead of moving the shrubbery.

  3. jeffythequick on April 15th, 2012 2:16 pm

    This has all been done before, in ancient times. Maybe they can find a descendant of Roger, the Shrubber:

    Just for the record, libs use big words when they want to confuse us. Manzinita, while beautiful, grows all over the place in Southern California. Soon, they will further use the genus-species to get it to a location (genus-species-location for plants, like homo sapiens millcreekbysevenelevenus), and since there is only one at that location, it will, of course, be an endangered species.

  4. SignPainterGuy on April 15th, 2012 4:18 pm

    Snort !

  5. SignPainterGuy on April 15th, 2012 4:19 pm

    Take that to the bank !

  6. SignPainterGuy on April 15th, 2012 4:25 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up ! I was wondering why this particular shrub was so important it didn`t get pushed into a pile by a big dozer and burned or hauled off to be placed in another pile. (in WNC, Christmas trees and some other shrubs are bundled, weighted and sunk in lakes for fish habitat – why hasn`t Cali, the center for critter conservation and aid, figured this out ?)

    Yeah, Pilousy`s yard is a great place for translofiguration !!

  7. clu seatoe on April 15th, 2012 9:24 pm

    In the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, Manzanita is more like a ground cover weed because it grows so thick (think Ivy). It can have branches as thick as one to one and a half inches or more and it twists all around in within itself and other Manzanita bushes and if cultivated properly is good as an impenetrable wall or fence up to the height of a man. It’s pretty much impossible to hike through and if trying to do so you don’t want to be wearing hiking shorts as any bare limbs will be shredded.

    Small rodents, rattle snakes, rats, rabbits and other vermin easily move about under it’s cover and therefore it is perfect for growing in this region and it’s properties also make it understandable why it would make a perfect candidate for translocalification rather than defoligification in Sodom by the Bay even though it would make more sense to schedule an agent orange flight up the coast from Santa Cruz to Bodega Bay.

  8. sleet on April 15th, 2012 9:55 pm

    Gives new meaning to "Bush's fault".

  9. James Smith on September 6th, 2012 12:14 am

    You conveniently left out the fact that this was the last individual of this particular species of manzanita, which was thought to be extinct for 75 years. Once its gone, its gone. How do you know it doesn't contain a chemical that is a cure to cancer. The price of a small house to save a species. Well worth it to me. Nice selective reporting of facts.

  10. Guest, on September 10th, 2012 1:06 am

    yeah they should have stopped the construction project altogether (who know if this last of it's species will survive translocation) saving taxpayers 1.045 billion dollars in the process. oh wait where would the right wing morons drive their hummers, oh well it's not like they really believe in fiscal responsibility anyway if they did they would have cut defense spending years ago. if we can put a bush in the whitehouse why cant we move one out of the road?

  11. Chance Dubois on March 12th, 2014 8:08 pm

    The chance of this species containing a chemical that is a cure to cancer is highly unlikely. We'll just say it doesn't, because it doesn't. Assuming you're a democratic, I'm going to jump to the conclusion that you are a zealous supporter of abortion. Perhaps one of those butchered unborn children would've found the cure to cancer, hm? Anyway, that money could have instead provided 932,159 meals to starving children all over the world. But no, you'd rather save some useless species.

  12. rushassay on May 11th, 2016 9:55 am

    American government is always very keen to invest in the beneficial things that can give the benefits to the general public as well as to the government as well. I hope that others government will able to learn these type of things in our life.

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