Point Reyes National Seashore

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Oil And Water Don't Mix: How The Energy Industry Is Using Yosemite's Merced River And Point Reyes' Drakes Bay To Facilitate Public Land Exploitation

In the following commentary, Barbara Moristch raises questions into the forces behind efforts to see an oyster farm remain in business and to further open the Yosemite Valley to recreation.

Letters Show Environmental Action Committee Of West Marin Opposed Extension Of Oyster Farm Lease At Point Reyes

Letters from 2005 show that the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin opposed an extension beyond 2012 of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease at Point Reyes National Seashore, contrary to claims made by the company's owner.
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Updated: Future Of Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Farm Hinges On Congressional Intent

Deciphering recent congressional intent, not always an easy task, currently is at the center of an oyster company's bid that it should be allowed to remain within Point Reyes National Seashore waters, despite past congressional intent that those waters be designated wilderness.
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Docket No. 49-1_Reply Brief.pdf133.1 KB
1996.07.19 - PRNS Neubacher to banker, supports JOC.pdf505.37 KB
1996.11.22 - NPS (Neubacher) to Bank of Oakland supporting 'oyster palace'.pdf94.51 KB
JOC 1972-2012 ROU.pdf192.39 KB
Point Reyes National Seashore Wilderness Act.pdf103.8 KB
Feds appeals court brief April 3 2013.pdf341.21 KB

Renowned Chef, Farm Bureau Support Oyster Company's Bid To Remain At Point Reyes National Seashore

Alice Waters, a chef renowned for her insistence on the freshest organically grown and locally produced ingredients, has signed on to a "friend of the court" brief in support of an oyster company trying to hold on to its operations at Point Reyes National Seashore.
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National Park Service Enjoined By Court From Forcing Oyster Farm Out Of Point Reyes National Seashore

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked the National Park Service from forcing an oyster farm out of Point Reyes National Seashore and scheduled a hearing on the dispute for May.

Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Farm Issued Cease-And-Desist Order From California Officials

The owners of an oyster farm fighting for their business at Point Reyes National Seashore have been issued a cease-and-desist order from the California Coastal Commission pertaining to unpermitted operations.

Birding In The National Parks: Point Reyes National Seashore Is "Hallowed Ground" To Birders

A couple weeks ago we looked at the annual birding festival in Acadia National Park coming up this spring. Keeping in mind that not everyone can get to the East Coast frequently, it seems fitting to highlight the gem of west coast birding events: the Point Reyes Birding Festival.

Federal Judge Declines To Block Oyster Farm's Ouster From Point Reyes National Seashore

A federal judge, saying the owner of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore failed to accept the National Park Service's long-stated intention not to renew his lease, has refused to block the company's removal from the seashore.
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Culvert Failure Closes Limantour Road At Point Reyes National Seashore

Engineers are working to determine how long it will take to replace a failed culvert that has led to the closure of the Limantour Road at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Company Will Be Allowed To Continue Operations Pending Court Hearing

An oyster farm ordered out of Point Reyes National Seashore will be allowed to continue operations at least until a court hearing in late January under an agreement the operation's owner reached with the Justice Department.

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Seeks TRO To Keep Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Farm In Business

Attorneys for the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. on Wednesday sought a temporary restraining order to prevent the Interior Department from ordering the oyster farm out of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Updated: Oyster Company Sues Interior Department In Bid To Remain At Point Reyes National Seashore

An oyster company denied an extension on its lease to operate in Point Reyes National Seashore has gone to court in a bid to overturn that decision, arguing that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acted rashly and without cause to deny the extension.
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Updated: Interior Secretary Rules Oyster Farm Must Vacate Drakes Estero At Point Reyes National Seashore

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, citing the value of wilderness and congressional intent, on Thursday ruled that an oyster farm at Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore must end its operations.

National Park Service Urged To Follow The "Precautionary Principle" In Overseeing Cultural, Ecological Systems In The Parks

Can the National Park Service more fully embrace the "precautionary principle," the concept that it err on the side of "science-informed prudence and restraint," as suggested by Revisiting Leopold: Resource Stewardship in the National Parks?

Whale Watching: Here's Your National Parks Traveler 2013 Vacation Planner

If National Parks Traveler’s blue whale creature feature got you in the mood to do some whale watching, we’ve put together a guide of the best national parks for just that. From coast to coast and throughout the year, each park provides the opportunity to enjoy these majestic creatures.

Creature Feature: A Whale Of A Big Blue Leviathan

Blue whale Channel Islands National Park, California.
The blue whale is one of the earth’s loudest (its song travels thousands of miles), longest-lived (80-90 year lifespan) and largest animals known to have ever existed. Though long and slender, with a tapered body and a small dorsal fin, blue whales measure in at up to 100 feet in length. These more than 200-ton leviathans are truly creatures to be reckoned with.

Op-Ed: Park Service Finds Support For Protecting Marine Wilderness After Lengthy Drakes Estero Assessment

The recent National Research Council (NRC) report on the National Park Service’s draft environmental plan of Drakes Estero’s future has provided Interior Secretary Salazar with even further support to protect this valuable estuary in Point Reyes National Seashore

Independent Panel Raises Questions Over National Park Service Science Concerning Oyster Farm

An independent panel's review of a draft environmental study into impacts an oyster farm is having at Point Reyes National Seashore suggests substantive revisions for the final document.
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National Park Mystery Spot 48 Revealed: Never Try To Swim There

Duck hunters were way ahead on this one.

Birding In The National Parks: Top 10 Birding Spots In The National Park System

Spring migration is winding down across much of North America, and it’s time for birders to relax and reflect. I’ve been contemplating happy thoughts such as where I would go if given an all-expenses paid birding trip to any U.S. National Park in the next 12 months. No one has offered this to me yet, but I made up a list in my head.

Point Reyes National Seashore Staff Accused Of More Wrongdoing In Measuring Impacts Of Oyster Farm

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a blistering letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, says the Point Reyes National Seashore has again "falsified" science to reach a desired conclusion on the fate of an oyster company operating there.
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Environmental Heavyweights Urge Interior Secretary To Remove Oyster Farm From Point Reyes National Seashore

Some environmental heavyweights -- Dr. E.O. Wilson, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sylvia A. Earle, Thomas E. Lovejoy, and Tundi Agardy -- have urged Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to see that an oyster farm is removed from Point Reyes National Seashore when it's lease ends this fall.

National Park Partners, Park Staff Meet At APPL Convention and Trade Show

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The Association of Partners for Public Lands met in Las Vegas to share how best to support our national parks and forests. In this case, what goes on in Vegas gets brought home and discussed.

Interior Department Releases Peer Review Of Oyster Farm Impacts At Point Reyes National Seashore

An independent review of the National Park Service's draft environmental impact statement on an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore pointed to various shortcomings, but added that the document generally was "adequate" in light of "available scientific information."
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More Than 52,000 Comments Received On Future of Oyster Farm At Point Reyes National Seashore

Nearly 52,500 comments were received by the National Park Service on the future of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, with submissions from each of the 50 states and 40 countries overall.

Harbor Seal Pupping Season Leads To Access Restrictions At Point Reyes National Seashore

With harbor seals descending on Point Reyes National Seashore on the California coast for pupping season, restrictions on public access to various parts of the seashore take effect Thursday and run through the end of June.

Scrutiny On National Park Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Ramps Up

As Republicans in Congress are investigating alleged misconduct of the National Park Service in its handling of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, California officials are pushing the company to explain its why it is out of compliance with its operating permit.
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After Two Years, Packing Strap Removed From Neck of Elephant Seal At Point Reyes National Seashore

An elephant seal that for two years struggled with a packing strap entangled around its neck recently was freed from the strangulating band at Point Reyes National Seashore, and biologists expect the animal to fully recover.

Slain Mount Rainier National Park Ranger 9th In Park Service History To Be Murdered In Line of Duty

When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year's Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records.
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