03-21-13 The case of the missing publication, Stewardship Begins With People

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Above is a scanned copy of the full publication

For years, we have been told the publication Stewardship Begins With People has been “OUT OF PRINT” (Point Reyes National Seashore Visitor Center gift shop personnel, as well as others) and that there were NO MORE COPIES TO BE HAD. I went on line and found the 22 publications in the series and that all the others were available as PDF downloads except for this one. There was an email address to request a paper version. My email requests for copies went unanswered. I phoned, and was told someone would get back to me about getting me a copy, but no one ever did. When I phoned again, I asked why I could no longer find one at the Point Reyes National Seashore Visitor Center. I was informed that the visitor center gift shops are independently owned and/or operated and they had no control over what the owners/operators choose to stock for sale.

This is the 2007 publication that extolled the virtues of

COEXISTENCE of PARKS AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK THE LANDS and

HAILED KEVIN LUNNY as an ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD

It even has Lunny in a photo with Dave Evans on page 45 and, on that page, it states:

“…both have been recognized for their environmental stewardship and innovation….

Lunny’s Drakes Bay Family Farms now operates an oyster farm on Drakes Estero.”

Yet Don Neubacher (see the Acknowledgements on page 58 column two, first line), the then superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore in May of 2007 at a presentation to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, accused Lunny of being an environmental criminal!

– SAME YEAR, not even five months after the copyright date of the publication –

From fourth-generation environmental steward to environmental criminal in less than 5 months?

You think this might be the reason one cannot get a copy at the very same visitor center gift shop of the park FEATURED IN THE PUBLICATION?

On Monday (03-18-13), I took yet another chance, and contacted the Conservation Studies Institute using the phone number on the inside cover, again. This time I got a live person on the other end of the line.

I explained to the person what I wanted and she put me through directly to Leslie Shahi of the Conservation Studies Institute.

(Ms Shahi is the second person mentioned on the same acknowledgements page as Don Neubacher but she is in the first column fourth line as the second person acknowledged for her contribution to Stewardship Begins with People.)

When I asked how much they were and how much for shipping and handling, she said they were FREE and there was NO CHARGE for shipping and handling.

I said I would like 10 copies and asked if that would change it. No, it was still FREE and there would be NO CHARGE for shipping and handling even for 10 copies.

After I hung up, I realized that the PDF problem might have also been resolved so I called back. She seemed a little cooler this time. I was told that the document was “too graphic intensive, the file size was too big to send as a PDF”. (Funny, friends who had scanned the full version and created a PDF out of it had no problem sending it to me by email – and it wasn’t even necessary to zip the file or use a large document sending service). As you know, I have already uploaded the publication to www.oysterzone.org – my blog!).

Yesterday, 10 copies of the original publication arrived by FedEx! Our tax dollars at work, isn’t it marvelous!

Please, request a copy, any number of copies, for yourself today.

Your effort will let them know we are still here, we are still watching, and we are still actively pursuing the matter.

Contact:

stewardship@NPS.gov

leslie_shahi@nps.gov

OR

Call 802-457-3368, ext 16 (Leslie Shahi)

Fax 802-457-3405

ASK FOR YOUR OWN COPY of

STEWARDSHIP BEGINS WITH PEOPLE

CONSERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP PUBLICATION No. 14 / 2007

Keep a record of the date and time you called, faxed, or emailed your request, the response, if any, and the date you received your copy(s) if you receive a copy(s), and let me know.

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2 Comments

  1. Earl and Dee

     /  March 26, 2013

    Requested Stewardship Begins with People on 3/21. It is here now on 3/26. Nice comments about Kevin Lunny!

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