Talking Points

July 21, 2006

It just happened that the plant was spotted

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 3:12 am

It’s a miracle that by chance, an environmentalist, with his dog, just happens to spot an endangered plant, which stops a housing project – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Last year, retired elementary school principal, Bob Evans, 72, was walking his dog when he just happened to spot tiny white flowers in a grassy field. 

These were no ordinary flowers.  They just happen to be Federally protected endangered Sebastopol meadowfoam.  And this was no ordinary grass field.  It just happened to be a 20 acre housing development in Laguna Vista California. 

So when Mr. Evans, who just happened to be walking his dog, and just happened to saw the flower, he just happened to call the state university biology professor, and someone from the California Native Plant Society.

Wouldn’t you like to belong to that club.

They just happen to both agree that the plant was indigenous to this particular site.  Their conclusion put building plans on hold.

Mr. Evans, who just happens to be a conservationist, and is opposed to the house development, said “it was the bad luck of the developer that the flowers popped up.” 

The story might have ended there – except for a visit by the State Wildlife folks who concluded that the endangered plant had been transplanted from somewhere else. 

WOW – imagine that!  Someone just happened to have picked that site to plant a plant.  And it just happened to be an endangered plant no less.  Who would have thought?!

What a miracle of chance!

And more plants have sprung up from the seeds of the original plant – so the housing project remains on hold. 

Despite an investigation, nobody has discovered who may have planted the plant, which Bob Evans just happened to have spotted while walking his dog. 

Its just one of those environmental wacko mysteries that just happens.

 And that’s the memo.


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