Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 27, 2011

Oakland Zoo Continues Plan That Will Destroy Native Grasslands

Mediation between Friends of Knowland Park and the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS) with the City of Oakland and the Oakland Zoo have ended without any progress.  The Zoo plans to continue its expansion plans that will destroy rare native grasslands and chaparral in Knowland Park. Ironically the zoo plans to build a conservation exhibit on the site. The East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS) statement from its website:

10/24/11 Oakland Calif. – Friends of Knowland Park and the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS) announced today that mediated settlement negotiations with the City of Oakland and the Oakland Zoo have ended. The groups will instead return to court to continue their lawsuit charging that the city broke the law by approving, without a full Environmental Impact Report, the zoo’s plan to build a theme park atop rare native wildlife habitat.

To see a full version of the press release go to:  Press Release Regarding Settlement Talks with Oakland Zoo


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