Resourcde Renewal Institute (RRI)

Press Release July 12, 2017
Conservationists, Ranchers, Park Service Agree to Plan to Address Point Reyes Ranching, Elk Issues

 

Resources
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
Settlement of Litigation on Management of Ranching Frequently Asked Questions
Background
Marin Independent Journal, April 23, 2016
"Point Reyes National Seashore deserves a plan"
By Susan Ives
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
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.

National Parks with Livestock Grazing
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (CO)
  • Buffalo National River (AR)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (UT)
  • City of Rocks National Reserve (ID)
  • Coronado National Memorial (AZ)
  • Death Valley National Park (CA)
  • Dinosaur National Monument (CO)
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (UT)
  • Grand Teton National Park (WY)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NV)
  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (WA)
  • Mojave National Preserve (CA)
  • Point Reyes National Seashore (CA)

... to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

—National Park Service Organic Act, 1916

     
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