02-12-13 National Grange (nation’s oldest agri org) Response(s) to NPS decision to oust DBOC

02-12-13 National Grange blog: A response(s) to NPS decision to remove DBOC

“Dig deeper and you will see that it is… MUCH MORE about ignoring the intent of the original law, ignoring good science, exploiting tax dollars,

and having federal. government ignoring and overriding … your state rights;

 in short, decisions weren’t made on common-sense facts and figures and the removal of the farm will greatly hurt the community….

… this isn’t like fighting a big box company that would put the small shops out of business….

the oyster farm is one of the keystone farms out in the Pt. Reyes area and allows for many of the local businesses and restaurants to thrive because of the farm’s existence.

  • If you believe in sustainable farming,
  • if you support low-carbon footprint farming to help mitigate climate change,
  • if you understand the important role of oysters in an eco-system
  • if you further understand the important position that each player has to keep a small community healthy and happy ,-
  • then you understand that saving this farm is not simply ‘about a business’.

If instead ‘environmentalist emotion’ tugs harder at you heartstrings

[If] your ‘trust in the government runs stronger than the truth…then unfortunately you are looking at the situation with an unbalanced and unclear viewpoint.”

 

Kvoth  February 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Something needs to be done to prevent the farm from being removed!

 

  1. Anne O' Leary, Arlington, VA  February 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Thanks to the National Grange for recognizing the plight of Drake’s Bay Oyster Company and the threat to California ranchers posed by this flagrant abuse of NPS authority. I hope Grange members and supporters will rally to this worthwhile cause!

 

  1. Nancy K. Cadigan  February 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I am a Granger & I support the National Park Service plans to create a marine wilderness at Drakes Estero. I feel this is an issue about a business sueing the government because their lease extension was denied.
The federal government has never before extended the lease of a ” nonconforming” commercial operation, such as an oyster farm, on public land designated by Congress to become wilderness. Yeah for wilderness

 

  1. Frank Gyorgy  February 12, 2013 at 6:46 AM

The closing of DBOC is a shocking example of a corrupt Federal Agency. NPS spent 6 million plus tax dollars creating false science showing environmental harm by the oyster operation. Salazar approved those methods and then stated the science didn’t matter.

 

  1. Yannick Phillips  February 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I’m a California Granger and I am in full support of the oyster farm. I’m responding to Nancy’s statement:
“I feel this is an issue about a business suing the government because their lease extension was denied.”

On the face of it, I could see how you might think that, Nancy. Dig deeper and you will see that it is not about that at all and MUCH MORE about ignoring the intent of the original law, ignoring good science, exploiting tax dollars, and having fed. gov’t ignoring and overriding our/your state rights; in short, decisions weren’t made on common-sense facts and figures and the removal of the farm will greatly hurt the community. That is why much of the Pt. Reyes community greatly SUPPORTS the sustainable oyster farm staying put. Nancy, this isn’t like fighting a big box company that would put the small shops out of business….the oyster farm is one of the keystone farms out in the Pt. Reyes area and allows for many of the local businesses and restaurants to thrive because of the farm’s existence. If you believe in sustainable farming, if you support low carbon footprint farming to help mitigate climate change, if you understand the important role of oysters in an eco-system and if you further understand the important position that each player has to keep a small community healthy and happy ,-then you understand that saving this farm is not simply ‘about a business’. If instead ‘environmentalist emotion’ tugs harder at you heartstrings and your ‘trust in the gov’t’ runs stronger than the truth…then unfortunately you are looking at the situation with a unbalanced and unclear viewpoint.

 

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  1. From what I have read I feel the oyster farm has actually acted in a manner during the lease that looks better than what the government would do. It has always been in the interest of the oyster company to preserve the area and ensure that it’s operations have a minimal impact on the local environment.

    Their stewardship of the area under their lease looks to be excellent and Salazar and cronies for some reason have this issue in their craw and dug themselves such a deep and expensive hole that they cannot release. They make me sick.

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