May 19, 2020
By Diane elise Gentile
Join a team of conservationists, biologists, film-makers and local leaders to learn more about our backyard paradise and how it’s being threatened by pollution, habitat loss and giveaways to private industry.
This week we’ll hear from Ken Bouley who coordinated the analysis of the public comments on Point Reyes General Management Plan for RRI. Ken has published several letters and has been a tremendous advocate for the Park’s return to wilderness.
Find out how the National Park Service is proposing to further privatize our public land and what you can do to protect and restore the scenic and natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore for generations to come.
To view the opening video presentation, go to:
Recent articles about Pt. Reyes Seashore in the News. Please read, comment, share and send your LTE’s. Addresses, phone #'s, Action Guide attached -
Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project, Deb Moskowitz, RRI
Could Pt. Reyes cattle be a future virus risk? by Martin Griffin
Marin Voice: Ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore doesn’t add up by Deborah Moskowitz
Deborah Moskowitz is president of the Resource Renewal Institute in Mill Valley.
Our best chance to defend nature in this national park is CITIZEN ACTION. Safeguard these public lands, fresh waters, and ocean coastline. Remove obsolete and dangerous commercial-level dairy and beef ranching, and its looming agri biz expansion. Raise awareness – urgently call, write, post, share, organize, donate, and create your OWN direct actions…do whatever YOU can to help.
– Skyler Thomas, White Shark Video
The Betrayal of Point Reyes – Tony Sehgal, Silver Reaction Media
U.S. Representative Jared Huffman: (415) 258-9657; https://huffman.house.gov/contact/email-me
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553; https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/email
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841; https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
U.S. House Com. on Natural Resources, Raul Grijalva: https://grijalva.house.gov/contact-raul
Regional Director of NPS, Stanley Austin (415) 623-2100; Stan_austin@nps.gov
Complete Contact List, U.S. Federal/State Officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
It’s a powerful way to raise awareness, build community, and expand actions.
See advocacy contacts, letter samples, and articles below for help.
When calling, write up a brief script or have reference info handy beforehand. Call the local or national offices. If you are a constituent, say that. Have them listen to how we want our Point Reyes national park restored, protected, and managed for nature, not commercial ranching and more agri biz. Use some of these talking points, or other facts and data you find.
When emailing or writing a letter, strengthen your action by referring to some of these talking points, researching your own verifiable facts and data, or expressing personal experiences of the harmful land, water, and air degradation at PRNS.
The National Park Service (NPS) recently said during its recent GMP Amendment environmental review majority that public opinion how the Seashore is protected and managed does not matter. We say that public opinion is VERY important because as taxpayers we are the owners of this land. The federal government weakens public participation across the board, gutting significant environmental laws, and becoming less transparent by the hour.
We are pushing back, insisting our comments as voiced by the vast majority of management plan options respondents be fully considered and implemented. The NPS opined “this is not a vote,” while mandated by federal laws and regulations to take care of this public jewel on the Pacific Coast, and to conserve and protect native coastal prairies and wildlife in the Seashore. But NPS leadership and staff at Point Reyes are clearly not following either NPS or the Seashore‘s governing law. These are substantive, provable, factual omissions and commissions by the NPS.
As demonstrated by the vast majority of over 7, 600 public comments, many see the NPS catering to a narrow for-profit group of a dozen or so private commercial-scale livestock operators who were paid millions of dollars by taxpayers decades ago to find alternative private ranchlands and exit the Seashore. These ranchers continue to flout the will of the people by staying on our parklands, and worsen already traumatized wildlands and wildlife. The NPS should respond and act affirmatively to all the individual comments demanding more nature, and removal of all ranching and agri biz.
Personalize your letter about why you like Point Reyes National Seashore, and why you insist that OUR national park be protected from cattle ranching and agri biz! Ask why such an impactful local controversy with global climate implications isn’t being covered in the news!
Refer to this recent San Francisco Chronical article by its Lead Science Reporter Peter Fimrite to encourage more press.
“At Point Reyes, the contest is elk vs. agriculture. The people vote for the elk.”
Copy/paste your letter to all of these to reach a broader audience: San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, Press Democrat, Argus Courier, Sonoma News, Point Reyes Light, Pacific Sun, East Bay Express, San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, and other numerous local, regional, and national online and print media – news, political, science, nature, environmental, parks, recreation, hiking, surfing, camping, etc.
The following individuals have generously made themselves available for questions and events:
White Shark Video
Point Reyes Rewilding Network (WWP)
Restore Pt. Reyes Seashore / RRI
Please share, like and retweet content about conserving and restoring Point Reyes National Seashore, and saving tule elk on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use: #RestoreTheShore, #savethetuleelk #savetheelk to build momentum around this effort.
At Point Reyes, The Contest Is Elk Vs. Agriculture. The People Vote For The Elk.
San Francisco Chronicle – Peter Fimrite, April 15 2020
Point Reyes Livestock Hinders Soil Carbon Banking
Pt. Reyes Light – Laura Cunningham, December 4, 2019
The Big Lie: Point Reyes National Seashore And Ranching
Jim Coda, April 2019
Point Reyes Ranchers Shouldn’t Be Favored Over Wildlife
San Francisco Chronicle – Barbara J. Moritsch, November 2018
New Point Reyes Management Plan Riles Up Environmentalists
San Francisco Chronicle – Peter Fimrite, August 2018
North Bay Bohemian, March 2016
James Knight, March 2015
Point Reyes National Seashore; Fencing Harmful to Wildlife
Jim Coda, July 2014
Together, we MUST reach critical mass in Public awareness and direct actions to protect this National Park treasure!
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