Focus on Rarities


Since 1994, Mike has produced a column for the quarterly newsletter of the Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. To read Mike’s most recent Focus on Rarities articles published in the CNPS Yerba Buena Chapter Newsletter, click here:  Focus on Rarities


To view all CNPS Yerba Buena chapter newsletters, click here: Yerba Buena Chapter Newsletters



Recent Publications


Wood, M.K. 2021. Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Francisco, 3rd edition. June 1. To download the list, click here.


Wood, M.K. 2015. Locally Significant Plant Species of San Francisco County. July 4. 

To download the list, click here.


Wood, M. 2014. The Extant and Extirpated Rare Plants of San Francisco County. September 25. To download the list, click here.


Wood, M. 2014. The Extirpated Plants of San Francisco. April 1. To download the list, click here.


Wood, M. 2014. Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Francisco's Natural Areas.  2nd Edition, version dated April 6. To download the checklist, or separate checklists of SF's 67 natural areas, click here.  


Wood, M. 2013. Native Grasslands and the California Environmental Quality Act. Grasslands, Vol. 23, No. 2. Quarterly journal of the California Native Grassland Association.  To download the article, click here.

Wood, M. 2010. Byron. In Bartosh, H., L. Naumovich, L. Baker. Guidebook to Botanical Priority Protection Areas of the East Bay. Special Publications #4 of the California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter. Available through the East Bay Chapter of CNPS. 


Conger Moss and Guillard, ESA, and Wood Biological Consulting (CMG, et al.). 2009. Yerba Buena Island Habitat Management Plan. Unpublished technical report prepared for the Treasure Island Community Development and Treasure Island Development Authority. December. Available online at here.


Wood, M.K. 2007. The Treasure of Yerba Buena Island – Hidden in Plain Sight. Coast & Ocean v22(4). Publication of the Coastal Conservancy.  The Treasure of Yerba Buena Island









Wood, M.K. and V.T. Parker. 1988. Management of Arctostaphylos myrtifolia at the Apricum Hill Ecological Reserve. Unpublished technical report prepared for the California Department of Fish and Game, Rancho Cordova, California. 96 pp.


Rogers, C. R., V. T. Parker, V. R. Kelly, and M. K. Wood. 1989.Maximizing Chaparral Vegetation Response to Prescribed Burns: Experimental Considerations. p. 158. Fire and Watershed Management, Sacramento, CA, Watershed Management Council, October 1988.


Wood, M.K. 1989. Factors Affecting the Distribution ofArctostaphylos myrtifolia and A. viscida: the Role of Plant-Plant and Soil-Plant Interactions. Master’s Thesis. San Francisco State University. 147 pp.


Wood, M., and V. T. Parker. 1997. Factors affecting the distribution of Arctostaphylos myrtifolia (Ericaceae): the Role of Fire in the Maintenance of a Proposed Endangered Species and its Habitat. In Greenlee, J. M., Proceedings: First Conference on Fire Effects on Rare and Endangered Species and Habitats. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. International Association of Wildland Fire,Fairfield, WA. p. 285-293.  To read the paper, click here.


Wood, M.K. 2000. Rare and Endangered Plants of San Francisco's Wild and Scenic Places. Second Edition. Rare Plant Committee, Yerba Buena Chapter, California Native Plant Society. January.





2006.  Association of Environmental Professionals.  Panelist.  Going it Alone - Working as an Independent Environmental Contractor.  To view Mike's tongue-in-cheek handout describing the good, bad and ugly of working for yourself, click here.


2006.  California Environmental Quality Act Workshop. Getting it Right - CEQA and Biological Resources. Presented at Oakland Marriott.


2007.  California Environmental Quality Act Workshop. CEQA and Biological Resources. Presented at California State University - East Bay.