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Native Tule Elk at Point Reyes. Image: restoreptreyesseashore.org
Majestic Native Tule Elk at Point Reyes. Image: restoreptreyesseashore.org

Save Point Reyes National Seashore, join the conversation:
Weds. June 24th at 6pm

Jun 22, 2020

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POINT REYES: A WILDERNESS IN PERIL

Dairy cows inundate the land with tons of escrement, seeping into the waterways.Does ranching further the purposes of the national seashore? Are park ranchers who sold their land entitled to permanently profit from it? Who benefits from ranching? Do those benefits outweigh impacts to the climate, land, wildlife, and public enjoyment of the national park? We all are have a stake in the future of our public lands.

Polls show that the public favors greater protection for national parks and monuments. But agricultural interests have opposed the scientific analyses and management planning that the Seashore needs and the public deserves. They are working behind the scenes to change the law rather than risk that a concerned public will derail their plans for the Seashore. That’s why it’s crucial to stay informed and to take part in the planning process.

Webinar & Discussion 

Special Guest:  Kenneth Brower

Weds. June 24th at 6pm 

Click on image to watch the introducoty video on the history of Point Reyse National ParkKenneth Brower has authored numerous books about the environment, national parks, and natural places including the series “The Earth's Wild Places.” His most widely read book on Yosemite is in over 1,200 WorldCat libraries.  Many of his books have been published by the National Geographic Society and several have been translated into other languages. 

Ken is the oldest son of the late environmentalist David R. Brower, founder of several organizations, such as Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute. David Brower also served as the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club and was instrumental in Kennedy signing National Seashore authorizing legislation.  Today, Ken Brower continues to advocate for environmental conservation.

In this webinar, Ken will join a team of local activists, conservationists, biologists, film-makers and local leaders to discuss the fate of our backyard paradise and how it’s being threatened by pollution, habitat loss and giveaways to private industry.

RSVP to join the conversation:

https://form.jotform.com/201678311786966 

Bring your questions, comments, and as always, thank you for caring enough to get informed, engaged and advocating for our National Seashore.

TO VIEW PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS, SEE: 

Opening Presentations:  https://youtu.be/pDLuY4yslVk 

Chance Cutrano: Historical Legislation and Leasing Agreements at PRNS

Laura Cunningham: Water Quality at PRNS

David McGuire: Water Quality Effects on Marine Life at PRNS 

Skyler Thomas: The Myth of Carbon Farming 

Skyler Thomas: Full Playlist: Carbon Farming, Biodiversity vs Pasture & more

K. Bouley: Categorization of Public Comments on PRNS Draft EIR

Dr L. Martin Griffin: Protecting Point Reyes National Seashore

LEARN MORE:

Restore Pt. Reyes Seashore -https://restoreptreyesseashore.org 

Livestock at National Seashore Raises Public Health Concerns

More than 2.5 annual visitors share the national seashore with about 6,000 domestic beef and dairy cattle. The NPS’s plan, now in the final stages, calls for more livestock— goats, sheep, chickens and pigs—meant to shore up the ranchers’ bottom line. 

In comments to the NPS’s draft plan for ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) the Resource Renewal Institute and Western Watershed Project raised concerns about the public health risks of Johne’s Disease, a contagious and chronic intestinal disease that afflicts cattle—particularly dairy cows.  Other ruminants, domestic and wild—deer, sheep, goats, antelopes, elk—also are susceptible.

Point Reyes Rewilding Network:  https://www.pointreyesrewild.org

Does ranching further the purposes of the national seashore? Are park ranchers who sold their land entitled to permanently profit from it? Who benefits from ranching? Do those benefits outweigh impacts to the climate, land, wildlife, and public enjoyment of the national park?

We all are have a stake in the future of our public lands. Polls show that the public favors greater protection for national parks and monuments. But agricultural interests have opposed the scientific analyses and management planning that the Seashore needs and the public deserves. They are working behind the scenes to change the law rather than risk that a concerned public will derail their plans for the Seashore. That’s why it’s crucial to stay informed and to take part in the planning process.

The extent of Ranch take over that threatens the park with pollution, habitat loss and giveaways to private industry.

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