Resourcde Renewal Institute (RRI)

Press Release August 15, 2016
Legal Filing Seeks to Halt Ranching Expansion,
Elk Eviction at Point Reyes National Seashore

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.

“Our national park deserves better than a special-interest ranching expansion plan that short-circuits our conservation laws, and the public deserves the long-overdue park planning and environmental review of activities that could harm the park’s wildlife and natural areas and infringe on the recreational experience,” said Chance Cutrano with the Marin-based Resource Renewal Institute. “The Park Service should be accountable to the American people who own the national parks rather than prioritize commercial interests.” Read More

Press Release July 19, 2016
Court Rules Lawsuit Over Point Reyes Management Plan Can Move Forward

A federal court has rejected a legal motion by the National Park Service and refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by conservation groups seeking an updated “general management plan” and assessment of the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore, before long-term cattle-grazing leases are pushed through. The court earlier rejected a motion by ranchers to intervene in the lawsuit.

“The park’s guiding management plan and environmental review are not only legally required, but they are critical for the public to determine what activities are appropriate at Point Reyes National Seashore,” said Chance Cutrano with the Marin-based Resource Renewal Institute. “Our lawsuit aims to keep the Park Service focused on its legal mandate to ensure maximum protection for native wildlife and the natural environment. That goal should be supported by anyone concerned with proper stewardship of a national treasure like Point Reyes.” Read More

Press Release February 10, 2016
Conservation Groups Sue Park Service Over Missing Point Reyes Management Plan

The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to require the National Park Service to update its General Management Plan and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement prior to adopting a proposed plan to extend cattle grazing leases in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California.

“The Point Reyes National Seashore is a national treasure,” said Huey D. Johnson, president of Resource Renewal Institute and former California Secretary of Resources. “The Park Service has delayed comprehensive planning and environmental analysis for decades, depriving the public of the right to weigh in on appropriate uses and activities in the park. This lawsuit is a last resort to get the Park Service to do its job.” Read more

Resources
Link to Complaint
Frequently Asked Questions on RRI’s legal action.
List of endangered species at Point Reyes National Seashore
Seashore Ranchers’ Letter to Park Superintendent
June 2, 2014
Background
Marin Independent Journal, August 15, 2016
Environmentalists seek injunction to halt ranch planning in Point Reyes National Seashore
by Mark Prado
North Bay Biz, August 2016
Betrayal: Point Reyes National Seashore
By Bill Meagher
Takepart.com, February 4, 2016
In Parts of the West, Grazing Cattle Are Making the
Drought Worse

By Tove Danovich
Marin Independent Journal, January 20, 2016
"Marin Voice: Cows shouldn’t drive Point Reyes Park Plan"
by Huey D. Johnson
Marin Independent Journal, April 29, 2015
"Elk deaths in Point Reyes — the Tragedy Must Stop"

by Huey D. Johnson
Reuters, April 20, 2015
"Drought causes Cattle and Elk to Lock Horns Over Pasture"
by Mary Papenfuss
San Francisco Chronicle, October 11, 2014
"Reintroduced Tule Elk Compete with Cattle at Pt Reyes"

by Peter Fimrite
Point Reyes Light, September 25, 2014
Outsiders say Keep Elk, Not Ranches
By Christopher Peak
National Parks and Conservation Association, July 3, 2012 "Commercial Beef Cattle in America’s National Parks: Are You Serious?"
by James D. Nations
San Francisco Examiner, January 14, 1977
"2,300 Acres Bought for Marin Parks"


  • Drought impacts on ranchlands. Drought impacts on ranchlands.
  • Cattle manure slurry is spread in the park. The cattle manure is a likely source of Johne's disease, which NPS says it has found in some Tule elk. Cattle manure slurry is spread in the park. The cattle manure is a likely source of Johne's disease, which NPS says it has found in some Tule elk.
  • Cows at feeding trough. Cows at feeding trough.
  • Dairy ranch at Point Reyes. Dairy ranch at Point Reyes.
  • Signs like these appear throughout Point Reyes. Signs like these appear throughout Point Reyes.
  • An independent report for the NPS cites mowing impacts on several species of Point Reyes birds. An independent report for the NPS cites mowing impacts on several species of Point Reyes birds. Song Sparrow.
  • Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird
  • Myrtle's Silverspot, an endangered species. Myrtle's Silverspot, an endangered species.
  • California Red-legged frog, a threatened species. California Red-legged frog, a threatened species.
  • Tule elk. Tule elk.

Map of Point Reyes Ranches                                      Eric Simons/BayNature magazine/baynature.org

Poll Shows Growing Support for Public Land
January 11, 2016

A new opinion poll finds strong public support for national public lands.

  • “Most Westerners in this poll favor greater protection and sensible use of the open lands and national treasures that define the region.”

  • 58 percent of respondents oppose giving state governments control over national public lands.

  • 60 percent of respondents oppose selling significant holdings of public lands like national forests to reduce the budget deficit.

  • “Ahead of the 2016 elections, 75 percent of respondents say issues involving public lands, waters, and wildlife are an important factor in deciding whether to support an elected public official, compared to other issues like health care and education.”

Poll by The Colorado College, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, and Public Opinion Strategies.


Threatened and Endangered Birds of Point Reyes

Marbled Murrelet
Swainson’s Hawk
Western Snowy Plover
Short-tailed Albatross  
Greater Sandhill Crane
California Clapper Rail  
Least Tern
Brown Pelican
Northern Spotted Owl
Willow Flycatcher

Bird Species of Special Concern

Tricolored Blackbird
Ferruginous Hawk
Saltmarsh Common Yellowthroat
Ashy Storm Petrel

For a list of Threatened and Endangered Animal Species at Point Reyes National Seashore click here.

Click here for a list of Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plants of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Brown Pelican
Credit: © NPS


Pt Reyes Horkelia
Credit: © Br. Alfred Brousseau, Saint Mary's College.



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—National Park Service Organic Act, 1916

     
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