Point Reyes National Seashore

Shuttle Bus System Aids Whale And Seal Watchers At Point Reyes National Seashore

The annual migration of Pacific gray whales from waters around Alaska to those off of Mexico is getting underway, and one of the best places to view both the whales and northern elephant seals from the shore is Point Reyes National Seashore. A weekend shuttle bus system, which runs from December 28, 2013, until late March of 2014, helps solve problems with limited parking and crowded roads.

Around The Parks: Give Back Shenandoah, Point Reyes NS Elk, Rocky Mountain NP Visitation Plunges

A Virginia politician wants the state to take back Shenandoah National Park, ranchers say there are too many elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, and plunging visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park is costly.

Traveler's View: There's No Lack Of GOP Chutzpa In The House When It Comes To National Parks

Despite the estimated loss of $76 million a day, the furlough of more than 20,000 federal and non-profit employees, and the ruination of countless vacations, 94 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives want to know how many rangers it takes to keep the World War II Memorial on the National Mall closed.
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October 9, 2013 Letter to Director Jarvis.pdf1.42 MB

Around The Parks: Wine Sales, Park Fees, Point Reyes Seals

A glance around the National Park System seems to show wine sales can benefit the parks, more and more user fees are being approved despite a five-year-old "moratorium" against them, and Point Reyes National Seashore has had a bumper crop of seals this year.

Oyster Company Wants Full 9th Circuit Panel To Consider Injunction Against National Park Service

An oyster company battling to keep farming oysters in a wilderness area of Point Reyes National Seashore wants the entire 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its case against the National Park Service.

9th U.S. Circuit Court Turns Down Oyster Company's Request For Preliminary Injunction Against National Park Service

An oyster company hoping to retain its lease at Point Reyes National Seashore was dealt another setback Tuesday when an appellate court refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the National Park Service.

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.
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