Protect and Restore Wildlife at Point Reyes National Seashore

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We are writing to express our concerns about the General Management Plan Amendment under consideration for Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), two national parks in Marin County, California.

Designated an International Biosphere Preserve by the United Nations, the Point Reyes National Seashore and adjacent GGNRA serve as vital refuges for more than a hundred federally listed threatened or endangered species. Under pressure from the pro-industry Administration, politically connected ranchers, and the impacts of climate change, these unique and biologically important public lands may be lost to present and future generations they were meant to serve. 

Climate changethe accelerating loss of speciesdiminishing fresh water supplies, polluted marine environments, and decreasing demand for beef and dairy products deserve careful consideration before recommitting some 28,000 acres of national parkland to private, extractive use.

We object to any conversion of Point Reyes National Seashore lands to row crops, which would degrade wildlife habitat and water quality in the park and prevent public access. We also oppose the expansion of commercial livestock farming to introduce sheep, goats, pigs, turkeys or chickens, which would create conflicts with predators and pressure to kill bobcats, coyotes and foxes.
We strongly support the management of Point Reyes National Seashore to protect its outstanding natural values and to provide for public recreation, benefit, and inspiration.

The public has submitted more than 7,600 comments to the Park Service’s proposed plan for ranching at the Seashore and GGNRA.  More than 90 percent of these public comments oppose ranching and killing native wildlife—rare Tule elk—to make cattle ranching profitable. Point Reyes National Seashore should prioritize restoration of the park’s elk herds to historic numbers. There is immense public value to the native tule elk at Point Reyes, the only tule elk herds within the National Park system. Elk are an ecologically important part of the landscape of Point Reyes and their recovery is a success story for restoring native ecosystems, consistent with the mission of the National Park Service.

The National Park Service is charged with managing Point Reyes National Seashore in a manner which provides maximum protection, restoration, and preservation of the natural environment. The Park Service’s amendment to the General Management Plan should prioritize protecting the native wildlife and natural values of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Thank you for preserving our national parks and wildlife.