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This remarkable grassland is about to be developed by the Oakland Zoo...
On Tuesday eve, November 18, Oakland City Council members will vote on an Oakland Zoo proposal to permanently deny public access to another 21 acres of Knowland Park (for a total building andexclusion area of 77 acres).
In Grasslands (Summer, 2011), we wrote about the Oakland Zoo’s expansion plan to take 50 acres of Oakland’s Knowland Park for a three-story restaurant, gondola, and exhibits. The development is touted to be about educating kids and families about the importance of conserving California plant and animal life.
Zoo executives have unfortunately refused to consider other building sites. The publicly-owned ridgeline has a “5 county view”, however development here would also erase acres of a heritage and robust native grassland prairie and impact the rare maritime chaparral shrub community, home to the threatened Alameda whip snake. An independent local paper calls the selection of the project site location a “tragic irony”.
Our CNGA Conservation Committee has been working with CNPS, Sierra Club and local citizens for a better development location. There is ample acreage for Zoo expansion around the existing Zoo facilities. A recent independent poll showed 74% of local residents support a Zoo project that would not wreck natural open space at the same time. A Zoo exhibit that many of us would consider visiting will not happen without your voice.
For further questions, please see http://www.saveknowland.org/ or contact Jim Hanson, Conservation Committee chair directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.