NPS Spends Tax Payer Millions to Wipe Out Oyster Farmer at Drakes Estero

The November 30 deadline for Interior Secretary Salazar’s decision on extension of lease puts pressure on National Park Service (NPS) to defend bogus science.

An independent film crew following the NPS efforts to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Farm in Point Reyes California has produced a short video on the saga.

In a campaign to drive a small family oyster farm out of business, the National Park Service and environmental groups have leveled many charges of serious environmental harm against the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in MarinCounty.   A video produced by an independent production crew sheds light on the false data and misconduct an independent scientist, who is himself an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered upon investigation and the effect this campaign has had on this family farm.



(some browsers block clicking on the link to view the video, Firefox is incompatible with vimeo, recommend you use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer):


WHAT YOU CAN DO: contact Ken Salazar and TELL HIM TO REJECT THE FAILED dEIS and renew the current leases. (contact information provided below) 

Other people and organizations to contact information on most, also provided below.

Department of the Interior Acting Inspector General, Mary Kendall

Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis

Superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore Cicely Muldoon

Governor Jerry Brown, California

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Barbara Boxer

House Committee on Government Oversight and Government Reform

Congressman Darrel Issa

Senator David Vitter

Senator James Inhofe

Television and Radio Stations both national and local

Newspapers national, state, and local

Below, please find the website addresses and contact information for the people suggested to be contacted above.


Ken Salazar and others at the Department of the Interior 


Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.

Phone:             (202) 208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov


Department of the Interior Inspector General   


Due to security concerns, our website will be unavailable until transition to the Department of the Interior web domain occurs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and are working to speed up the transition. The following contact information is provided to assist you.

To report fraud, waste, or mismanagement, or other concerns regarding Department of the Interior programs or employees, you may use the OIG Telephone Hotline, Fax, or contact us by U.S. Mail at the address below.

Toll free:              1-800-424-5081      

DC Area:              202-208-5300      

Fax: 703-487-5402


To request information regarding reports or other OIG activity, contact our Headquarters Office by phone, fax, or the following address:

Department of the Interior

Office of Inspector General

1849 C Street, NW, MS 4428

Washington DC 20240

Phone:             202-208-5745      

Fax: 202-208-6062

Email: info@doioig.gov


To submit Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests you may contact our FOIA Office or mail the request to our above Headquarters address. You may also submit a request through the Department of the Interior FOIA office at http://www.doi.gov/foia/

Phone:             703-487-5436      

Fax: 703-487-5406


 National Park Service Mailing addresses and phone numbers


Jon Jarvis, Director
Peggy O’Dell, Deputy Director, Operations
Mickey Fearn, Deputy Director, Communications and Community Assistance
Bruce Sheaffer, Comptroller
Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources
Julia Washburn, Associate Director, Interpretation and Education
Bert Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
Steve Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands
Rich Weideman, Assistant Director, Partnerships and Civic Engagement
Steve Shackelton, Associate Director, Visitor and Resource Protection
Lena McDowall, Associate Director, Business Services
Jerry Simpson, Associate Director, Workforce Management
Sue Hawkins, Acting Assistant Director, Information Resources
Teresa Chambers, Chief, United States Park Police

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

(202) 208-3818

Regional Offices

Pacific West Region
Christine Lehnertz, Regional Director
National Park Service
333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104-2828
(415) 623-2100


Point Reyes National Seashore


 By Mail

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Rd.
Point Reyes Station, CA94956

By Phone
Visitor Information
415-464-5100       x2
663-8522 x2 (local toll-free from 663- or 669- prefix in 415 area code)


Governor Jerry Brown


You may contact Governor Jerry Brown by mail at:

Mailing address:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone:             (916) 445-2841      
Fax: (916) 558-3160


Senator Dianne Feinstein


United States Senate

331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.20510

Phone:             (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
TTY/TDD:             (202) 224-2501

Click here to email me.

Important Note: Due to ongoing security concerns, mail delivery procedures have been implemented in the U.S. Congress which may significantly delay the delivery of mail and packages to my office.  You may consider sending correspondence via e-mail.  Thank you for your patience during these delays.

San Francisco
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone:             (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710

The following counties are served by the San Francisco office: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba


Senator Barbara Boxer


Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
            (202) 224-3553      


Bay Area Office:

70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
            (510) 286-8537      
(202) 224-0454 fax


 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

For a list of all the members go to


Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th District) from http://www.congress.org/bio/id/40137

Contact Rep. Darrell Issa.

Website: issa.house.gov

Washington, D.C. Office:

2347 RayburnHouseOfficeBuilding,
District of Columbia 20515-0549
Phone:             (202) 225-3906
Fax: (202) 225-3303

Vista Office: (more district offices)

1800 Thibodo Road, #310
Vista, California 92081
Phone:             (760) 599-5000
Fax: (760) 599-1178


 Senator David Vitter


Contact Sen. David Vitter via Web Form.

Website: vitter.senate.gov

 Washington, D.C. Office:

516 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-1803
Phone:             (202) 224-4623
Fax: (202) 228-5061

Lafayette Office: (more district offices)

800 Lafayette Street, Suite 1200
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
Phone:             (337) 262-6898
Fax: (337) 262-6373


Senator James Inhofe


Contact – Office Locations


Washington, DC Office:205 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 -3603
Main:             (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380
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Tulsa, OK Office:1924 S. Utica Avenue
Suite 530
Tulsa, OK 74104 -6511
Main:             (918) 748-5111
Fax: (918) 748-5119
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Oklahoma City, OK Office:1900 NW Expressway St
Suite 1210
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Main:             (405) 608-4381
Fax: (405) 608-4120
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McAlester, OK Office:215 E Choctaw Ave
Suite 106
McAlester, OK 74501
Main:             (918) 426-0933
Fax: (918) 426-0935
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Enid, OK Office:302 N Independence
Suite 104
Enid, OK 73701
Main:             (580) 234-5105
Fax: (580) 234-5094
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  1. Dee Burris

     /  October 30, 2012

    We are starting the contacts. The video did not come through.   Dee and Earl

    • I have just found out some browsers block clicking on the link to view the video, Firefox is incompatible with vimeo, and I am to recommend the use of Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

  2. Dee

     /  October 31, 2012

    I was able to view the video, by clicking on the blue title of the blog (via email) which brought me to this page. The video is informative and very well done. I am calling and writing as many letters as I can; as well as forwarding this onto everyone I know. This fight is every citizens fight!! If we don’t stop the out-of-control government and environmental groups from taking this family fram / business, they’ll be after our backyard gardens next. And if you think I’m crazy just study history.


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