Hidden among the beautiful cliffs and beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore in California are fossilized links to the past, perhaps even undiscovered species of animals.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearly four decades before the settlement of Jamestown, Englishman Francis Drake navigated the Pacific Coast of California. In his attempt to return to England, he careened his ship and established a temporary encampment while repairs to the ship were made. The designation of the Drakes Bay Historic and Archeological District at Point Reyes National Seashore recognizes the historic and archeological evidence identifying Drakes Bay as the most likely site of Francis Drake’s California Landing in 1579, signifying one of the earliest instances of European contact and interaction with the native peoples on the west coast, the Coast Miwok Indians.
The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Friday to block the National Park Service from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.
Work is getting underway this week at Point Reyes National Seashore in California to remove an estimated 500 tons of debris from Drakes Estero, which is part of the Phillip Burton Wilderness in the park.
Ten ranchers whose livelihoods are tied to grazing lands on Point Reyes National Seashore in California have asked to be allowed to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to force the National Park Service to conduct rigorous environmental impact studies on how cattle affect the seashore's natural resources.pore-ranchers_intervene.pdf
A U.S. District Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit over the National Park Service's continued allowance of cattle ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, a ruling that could lead the seashore staff to conduct detailed environmental studies on the operations' impacts.
The coastal and marine ecosystem off north-central California is one of the biologically richest ocean zones on the planet, but the sea life is largely hidden beneath the water’s surface. The just opened Ocean Exploration Center at Point Reyes National Seashore provides a new, expanded exhibit space to view and learn about the area.
Less than two years after an oyster-farming operation was shut down in Point Reyes National Seashore following a dispute that was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, three environmental groups are challenging the National Park Service over the planned renewal of leases to cattle-ranching and dairy operations that have existed on the coastal California peninsula for 150 years.
Given all the superlatives of Point Reyes National Seashore, it’s amazing that exotic animals (cattle) that damage the landscape are permitted to continue grazing in a national park unit where native species and natural ecological processes are supposed to be given priority.
This is not an ordinary book review. The only reason I know about this book is because I read in the news that NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis had been disciplined for writing it, so this review will also discuss that context.