To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”, click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser:
For the Chronology of Events at Drakes Estero and other information,
In the late 1950’s farmers, ranchers, and oyster farmers, with the help of the Sierra Club, negotiated a deal with the National Park Service to protect and preserve the agricultural nature of the Point Reyes Peninsula, in perpetuity.
This was to prevent developers from purchasing their farms and building 425,000 homes on the historic ranches of Point Reyes.
They would accomplish this by selling their lands to the National Park Service
in exchange for renewable leases.
In 1976, Earth Day Founder Pete McCloskey, and Senator John Burton authored The Wilderness Act.
Thankfully the authors of the 1976 Wilderness Act are still alive to speak to the original intent of the Wilderness Act in particular the intent to protect and preserve in perpetuity the ranches and oyster farm.
The first page of the Chronology covers the first 160 years of Drakes Estero and the Historic Ranches of Point Reyes.
Page one ends with the 1962 establishment of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
The rest is (most) everything germane to this saga that has transpired since then.
As the saga is still ongoing, information will be added and the name / date / number of pages will change with each addition.
Snowy Plover Chick Taking Refuge under a Drakes Bay Oyster Shell
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