From the Conservation Study Institute, US Department of the Interior, and with the imprimatur of the National Park Service itself:
STEWARDSHIP BEGINS WITH PEOPLE
An Atlas of Places, People, and Handmade Products
(click on the link below for the full version)
(I was informed by Leslie Shahi of the Conservation Study Institute on 03/18/13, that the book was never made available as a PDF download because it “was graphic intensive – the size was prohibitive” . I have obtained a scanned PDF of the full version which I have EASILY uploaded above for your benefit, having taken less than 15 seconds to download to my computer and then upload to this blog. If you have any difficulties with the full version, click on the link below for the abbreviated version; it includes all but chapters on other parks.)
(click on the link below for the currently available WEB ACCESSIBLE VERSION. This version is ONLY 12 PAGES LONG. You can only find it via Google Search, being that it is not available through the NPS Website as all the others are. FURTHERMORE, the CHAPTER ON POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE is MINUS any reference to Kevin Lunny and Drakes Bay Oyster Co. THE PHOTO OF Dave Evans and Kevin Lunny is included yet KEVIN LUNNY is AIRBRUSHED OUT !!!
JUST IN! ONE OF MY READERS PROVIDED THIS LINK TO THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE EDITION. He wrote to me the following: “Oddly, (perhaps by intent) it comes up under the “fs.fed.us” domain, i.e., the Forest Service, not the Park Service.”
It is within the FULL VERSION of the ORIGINAL PUBLICATION ONLY where you will find on page 45 not only a photograph of Kevin Lunny but also, the following comments:
“fourth generation rancher”, who, in this publication, is “recognized for [his] ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND INNOVATION….[who] belong[s] to a growing number of West Marin farmers and ranchers COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL STRATEGIES….Lunny has converted his herd to grass-fed and organic production….Lunny’s Drakes Bay Family Farms now operates an oyster farm on Drakes Estero.”
The Introduction states this is “a guide to the work of friends and neighbors of U.S. national parks…who are practicing a stewardship ethic and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability…and the people in this Atlas–and others like them–deserve both recognition and encouragement.”
Other notes and quotes from the publication [EMPHASIS ADDED]:
“Stewardship” presents a blueprint for “advancing innovations in collaborative conservation for the stewardship of our national system of parks and other special places” by highlighting successful examples of places, people and businesses long imbedded in national parks and nearby agricultural communities. EACH IS A POSTER EXAMPLE OF SOUND, TIME-HONORED MIXED USE OF PARK LANDS.”
Pages 4, 20, 30 and 32 are particularly poignant and speak to the Park Service’s policy of exploring creative ways to “re-establish a connection — between parks and living cultures; BETWEEN PUBLIC LANDS AND THE STEWARDSHIP OF FARMS and forests; BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THE FOOD THEY EAT; and between park visitors, communities and a more sustainable future.”
The Park Service’s “Stewardship” PROMOTES SMALL, HISTORIC, LOCAL, FAMILY-OWNED, ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE, EDUCATIONAL, COMMUNITY ENRICHING, JOB CREATING, DIVERSE FOOD PRODUCERS and eloquently reaffirms a sense of place, local cultures, regional identify, distinctiveness and character, AND THE NEED TO ADDRESS THE UNRAVELING OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS TO THE LAND.
And as it so advocates, the THE PARK SERVICE SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO THE VALIDITY AND VALUE OF CONTINUED MIXED USE OF DRAKES ESTERO BY OUR NATIONAL TREASURE, Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
Curious though is this, in the center of the first page of the Introduction is a paragraph in bold face type, brown font, that states:
“It is no longer enough to strive for a friendly “coexistence.” All parties need to be more intentional and proactive in defining their mutual interests and crafting new, more cooperative strategies that contribute to some measure of sustainability and long-term conservation.”
Was that a sincere statement or a somewhat ominous portent of what was to follow?
On the Acknowledgements page, second column, first line, you will find the name Don Neubacher, the then superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.
The date of the publication is 2007 yet, early in 2007, Neubacher met with Steve Kinsey, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. He proudly revealed his “war room” and claimed that Kevin Lunny was an “environmental criminal” and could expect fines and “JAIL TIME” and discussed his newly launched campaign to remove the oyster farm from the seashore.
I called The Conservation Study Institute at at 802-457-3368 the number given on the inside front cover, and was put through directly to Leslie Shahi at extension 16. Hers is the second name mentioned on page 58 – the Acknowledgments page – for her “much appreciated help with collecting and organizing the variety of images that appear in the Atlas”.
When asked, she stated that the publication was never made available as a PDF because it was “graphic intensive, the size was too big”.
I requested 10 copies be sent to me and was informed they were not only free, but there would be no shipping and handling charges either. (Our tax dollars at work!). I was assured they would arrive within three to four days that translates to Friday. I will update this posting at that time and when and if I receive them as well as whether their contents are the same as the originals in my possession – 60 pages including the back inside and outside covers.
We are providing you with an abbreviated version as well as the full version.
For the abbreviated version, we have included the entire book EXCEPT the chapters on other parks to make sure full credit is given to those who deserve credit and citation and to provide pertinent information from the publication for your benefit:
· Front cover
· Inside front cover (where permission to share the information is expressly given*)
· Title page
· Table of contents
· EBay’s landing photo page
· Introduction (2 pages)
· Sue Conley Cowgirl Creamery and other photos page
· Point Reyes National Seashore (the full chapter – 3 pages)
· Website References (2 pages)
· Acknowledgements (see second column first line of that page for mention of Don Neubacher)
· Photographic Credits (inside back cover)
· Back cover
Express permission is granted on the inside front cover, paragraph three and four:
*”We encourage you to share the information in this publication, and request only that you give appropriate citations. Copyrighted images are not placed in the public domain by their appearance in this document. They cannot be copied or otherwise reproduced EXCEPT IN THEIR PRINTED CONTEXT WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT without the written consent of the copyright holders.
Recommended citation: Diamant, Rolf, et al. Stewardship Begins with People: An Atlas of Places, People, and Handmade Products. Woodstock, VT: Conservation Study Institute, 2007.”