10-03-14 Law on the Half Shell SHELLSHOCKED – Saving Oyster to Save Ourselves

“Overfishing and pollution have devastated oyster reefs worldwide, leading to their labeling as the ‘most severely impacted marine habitat’ on the planet.  With a single oyster able to filter over fifty gallons of water per day and reefs of oysters forming the bases of entire ecosystems and economies, the effects of this destruction have been […]

01-18-15 NEWSWEEK, Tech & Science: The Oyster Shell Game – “YOU’VE BEEN SHUCKED”, by Michael Ames,

Newsweek TECH & SCIENCE The Oyster Shell Game BY MICHAEL AMES / JANUARY 18, 2015 11:49 AM EST Some SIGNIFICANT EXCERPTS from the article (with emphasis added) The idea that Lunny’s farm was a heavy industry that imperiled the park’s wildlife was, for a while at least, the core reason for evicting him. But for the U.S. Department […]

04-02-14 Must Fed Agencies follow NEPA? Decisions based on Misinterpretation of Law appealable?

04-02-14 Journalist: Curtis Ellis Publisher: The Huffington Post Full article: @publisher   I can’t say much about conflict diamonds but I did have a personal encounter with conflict oysters. The conflict isn’t between armed factions in an African kleptocracy, but between a family farm north of San Francisco and the federal government that wants to shut it down. […]

10-31-13 WMC – Number of Briefs on behalf of DBOC, by Sarah Rolph

The historic oyster farm in Drakes Estero is one of the resources Point Reyes National Seashore was formed to protect. Indeed, the desire to preserve the farming and ranching here is a major reason Point Reyes is a National Seashore and not a National Park.   This is one of the key facts being clarified […]

05-30-2013 Pacific Shellfish Growers Assn Files Data Quality Act complaint with NPS

New Data Quality Act (DQA) Complaint Filed With National Park Service On NPS Science in the EIS prepared for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company by Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA, based in Seattle, WA), May 30, 2013   Complaint filed pursuant to October 16, 2002, “NPS Director’s Order # 11(B), Ensuring Quality of Information […]

04-09-13 Phyllis Faber letter to Gov Brown regarding Ca Coastal Comm & lawsuit filed

  Phyllis M Faber 765 Miller Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941   April 9, 2013 The Honorable Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95   Dear Governor Brown,   Today ALSA (Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture) and I have filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Drakes Bay Oyster […]

Legal

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://vimeo.com/52331881       10-03-14 Law on the Half Shell SHELLSHOCKED – Saving Oyster to Save Ourselves “Overfishing and pollution have devastated oyster reefs worldwide, leading to their labeling as the ‘most severely impacted marine […]

Articles & Letters

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://vimeo.com/52331881   01-24-15 ProPublica: Bad science from the Park Service Kevin Lunny has owned and operated the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in a Pacific inlet north of San Francisco since 2005. This winter, an 80-year […]

4-26-16 savedrakesbay.com Errors, Omissions, and Distortions in “The Oyster War” book by Summer Brennan

http://savedrakesbay.com/core/oyster-war-list-of-errors-and-omissions/ Oyster War Error List   Page 1                  “a reporter covering the war between oysters and wilderness” So far the Drakes Bay Oyster controversy has extended to 120 months. Brennan claims to have direct knowledge of the situation based on the 5 months she spent in West Marin in 2012, working for the Point Reyes […]

9-8-14 (reprint) Point Reyes Light Editor Tess Elliott on Gordon Bennett’s Trouble With the Truth

I once shared a homemade Pugliese tart with Gordon Bennett in a Starbucks in San Francisco. We had been guests on a show on public radio, along with Kevin Lunny of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Bennett had made several claims that I knew were false. As we exited the sound room, I suggested we keep […]

10-04-09 Point Reyes Light Editor Tess Elliott on Gordon Bennett’s trouble with the truth

I once shared a homemade Pugliese tart with Gordon Bennett in a Starbucks in San Francisco. We had been guests on a show on public radio, along with Kevin Lunny of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Bennett had made several claims that I knew were false. As we exited the sound room, I suggested we keep […]

05-14-13 Russian River Times, John Hulls on Gorden Bennett’s troubles with telling the truth

What lies in Drake’s Estero Posted on May 14, 2013by russianrivertimes ….The “smear Lunny” campaign began in the spring 2006 Sierra Club Yodeler magazine by Gordon Bennett, then Chair, Marin Chapter.  Even an internet review will show that much of the campaign against the Lunnys originated with one individual, plus the direct involvement of a then-retired […]

05-19-2014 William Bagley, Judith Teichman et al AMICI CURIAE Brief

   (Unfortunately, Adobe PDF file converter has a tendency to run words together so I am providing access both through the link below as well as by scrolling down to read the ‘converted file.)   05-19-2014 Wllm Bagley Judith Teichman et al. AMICI CURAIE brief     No.13-1244   INTHE SupremeCourtoftheUnitedStates   DRAKESBAYOYSTERCOMPANYandKEVINLUNNY,   Petitioners, […]

05-19-2014 Monte Wolfe Foundation Amicus Curiae Brief

 (Unfortunately, Adobe PDF file converter has a tendency to run words together so I am providing access both through the link below as well as by scrolling down to read the ‘converted file.)   05-19-2014 Monte Wolfe Foundation DBOC brief NO.13-1244     INTHE SupremeCourtoftheUnitedStates   DRAKES BAY OYSTER COMPANY, et al., Petitioners, SALLY JEWELL, […]

05-19-14 25 “Friends” File 4 Briefs Supporting DBOC effort to have Supreme Court hear its case

Twenty-Five “Friends” File Supreme Court Briefs Supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Company Farmers, Environmentalists, Scientists, Chefs, and Preservationists All Support Historic Oyster Farm   INVERNESS, CALIF. — Twenty-five “friends” of Drakes Bay Oyster Company have filed four significant amicus briefs in support of the farm’s efforts to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear its case. Together, […]

01-30-2014 Pt Reyes Light: Miracle Stay Keeps DBOC Afloat

Miracle stay keeps Drakes afloat By Samantha Kimmey 01/30/2014 Point Reyes Light   The fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company rests in the hands of the justices of the United States Supreme Court.   The historic Point Reyes shellfish farm’s owners, employees and supporters might have thought a miracle occurred on Monday, when the Ninth […]

11-04-13 Press Democrat: Oyster Farm Draws Support in Court Battle

An embattled oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore is a legitimate exception to the Wilderness Act, a San Rafael attorney asserted. “Savoring a Drakes Estero oyster is a wilderness experience,” concluded the federal court brief filed by James Linford, representing a nonprofit group that supports an historic cabin in the Eldorado National Forest. […]

07-02-13 Sonoma Magazine: The Oyster & the Wilderness

In many ways, the Lunnys are as unlikely a couple as any you’ll find to be engulfed in the kind of knock-down-drag-out fight that has roiled the community and upset patterns of rural life. But the bitter feud and the often-vitriolic language that accompanies it haven’t embittered or discouraged them. “The beauty in all this […]

05-14-2013 Russian River Times “What lies in Drake’s Estero”

Journalism is supposed to be the first draft of history, not the first rewrite of press releases and sound bites. In recent weeks, some journalists reporting on the Estero controversy say ‘they would not touch the science,” not realizing the irony that they are essentially saying they are reporting without knowledge. The word ‘science’ itself comes from […]

04/25/2013 Dr. Jeff Creque on Red Herrings in Drakes Estero

Red Herrings in Drakes Estero Jeff Creque, Ph.D. Land Stewardship Consultation, responded on April 25  to a letter in Marin Voice written by Dr. Marty Griffin. Below is his response as it appeared in the West Marin Citizen, the Marin IJ, as well as the Press Democrat.   Dr. Marty Griffin’s years of service to […]

Events Page

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://vimeo.com/52331881   07/28/14 Injunction hearing set for September, Shack & canning closes Thursday, 7-31-14 Shack and canning closes Thursday, 4:30PM, 7-31-14 Harvesting continues at least 30 more days Both lawsuits ARE STILL PENDING Injunction hearing […]

03-15-13 DBOC Attracts Support from Restauranteurs (Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters)

“Interior is making its best effort to flat out kill this oyster farm and its jobs by using misleading science and ignoring economic impacts,” Sen. David Vitter, R-La., one of the lead sponsors — 22 other Republicans have signed onto the bill — wrote in a statement to the Independent Journal. “My bill would implement […]

03-08-13 Bias in Journalism, How to Skew, Slant and Distort a Story

Want to see journalistic bias at work?  Want to see how to skew, slant and distort a DBOC  story? Read on. During this saga, has the Press Democrat: Written a profile of Kevin, Nancy or the Lunny family?  No. Written a history of DBOC?  No. Interviewed Corey Goodman?  No. Profiled DBOC’s workers – and the […]

02-06-13 Oldest Agricultural Organization, National Grange supports DBOC in letter to Obama

Dear Lunny family and friends, The National Grange has sent a letter to Pres. Obama in support of the farm.  For those not aware of the National Grange, it is the oldest agricultural organization in the United States. (their national building is across from the White House). Warmly, Yannick A. Phillips Sonoma Valley Grange Here […]

12-18-12 In Defense of Drakes Bay Oyster Company

I can … understand why this was a no-brainer for national environmental organizations. In calling for the closure of the oyster farm, they were advocating for an important principle: Whenever possible, potential wildernesses should receive full wilderness protection, and commercial enterprises removed. In this case, however, the principle is misaligned with the place. For all […]

The Twelve dEIS Comments (that you can make)

City, State, and Zip Code are the ONLY requirements when posting comments and you can post multiple comments. Below are twelve comments you can make, just copy a comment and paste it into the comment area at  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?parkID=333&projectID=33043&documentID=43390 Then go back and do it again, until you have added all twelve.   1 I support a renewable Special […]

Scientists Weigh In

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://vimeo.com/52331881   01-24-15 ProPublica: Bad science from the Park Service Kevin Lunny has owned and operated the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in a Pacific inlet north of San Francisco since 2005. This winter, an 80-year […]

Reports & Investigations

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://vimeo.com/52331881 03-18-2013 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 […]

Video, Audio, Slides & News links

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser:  http://vimeo.com/52331881 Peggy Day, Producer of Seriously Now on Marin TV has posted to Vimeo 8 programs on aired on the DBOC story. Please click on or copy and paste into your web browser […]