06-05-13 Attorney Peter Prows Letter to the editor Sacramento Bee

Citizens commission supported oyster farming at Point Reyes

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 10:03 am

Re “Oyster farm tries end run on wilderness pact” (Another View, May 26): Amy Meyer, former vice-chairwoman of the Citizens’ Advisory Commission for Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore, suggests that the citizens commission supported an “agreement” from the 1970s that the oyster farm in Drakes Estero would leave in 2012.

But Meyer neglects to mention one key fact: The citizens commission actually supported continued oyster farming in Drakes Estero in perpetuity. In 1976, the commission’s chairman, Frank Boerger, wrote to Congress explaining the oyster farm is “considered desirable by both the public and park managers”, and that the farm should “continue unrestrained by wilderness designation.”

Meyer is certainly entitled to change her opinion of the oyster farm, but she can’t change the historical facts.

— Peter Prows, San Francisco, attorney for Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

 

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