Off road vehicle use and urbanization have
eradicated all but a few clusters of San
Mateo Thornmint, a plant that is recognized by the state and federal
government as being on the verge of extinction. In 2008, scientists were
able to find only 249 of these plants--a steep decline from 1994's population
which was estimated at over 53,000.
Currently, San Mateo County is partnering with Citizinvestor to raise funds for the Thornmint's preservation through crowdfunding. If you value California's biodiversity, then consider spreading the word about the San Mateo Thornmint or even making an individual donation here. We’re just over $5,000 away from our goal, and every bit helps!