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Our best chance to defend nature in this national park is CITIZEN ACTION. Safeguard these public lands, fresh waters, and ocean coastline. Remove obsolete and dangerous commercial-level dairy and beef ranching, and its looming agri biz expansion
Our best chance to defend nature in this national park is CITIZEN ACTION. Safeguard these public lands, fresh waters, and ocean coastline. Remove obsolete and dangerous commercial-level dairy and beef ranching, and its looming agri biz expansion

CALL TO ACTION
Restore Point Reyes National Park

Discussion Weds May 20th 6pm

- A Wilderness in Peril - 

May 19, 2020

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By Diane elise Gentile

Join a team of conservationists, biologists, film-makers and local leaders to learn more about our backyard paradise and how it’s being threatened by pollution, habitat loss and giveaways to private industry.

This week we’ll hear from Ken Bouley who coordinated the analysis of the public comments on Point Reyes General Management Plan for RRI. Ken has published several letters and has been a tremendous advocate for the Park’s return to wilderness. 

Find out how the National Park Service is proposing to further privatize our public land and what you can do to protect and restore the scenic and natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore for generations to come.

RSVP REQUIRED

RSVP HERE

https://form.jotform.com/201357478876974 

To view the opening video presentation, go to:

https://youtu.be/pDLuY4yslVk  

ACTION ITEMS:

Recent articles about Pt. Reyes Seashore in the News. Please read, comment, share and send your LTE’s.  Addresses, phone #'s, Action Guide attached - 

Conservationists Flag Public Health Risks from Livestock Diseases at National Seashore - 

Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project, Deb Moskowitz, RRI

Proposed Ranch Plan for Point Reyes Seashore Draws Public Fire by Susan Ives

Could Pt. Reyes cattle be a future virus risk? by Martin Griffin 

Marin Voice: Ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore doesn’t add up  by Deborah Moskowitz

Deborah Moskowitz is president of the Resource Renewal Institute in Mill Valley.

Our best chance to defend nature in this national park is CITIZEN ACTION. Safeguard these public lands, fresh waters, and ocean coastline. Remove obsolete and dangerous commercial-level dairy and beef ranching, and its looming agri biz expansion. Raise awareness – urgently call, write, post, share, organize, donate, and create your OWN direct actions…do whatever YOU can to help. 

Protect wildlife and wildlands on OUR public lands

WATCH the FILMS                                                

Click Image to Watch 'the shameof Point Reys'.
The Shame of Pt. Reyes
– Skyler Thomas, White Shark Video


 

 

Click Image to Watch The Betrayal of Point Reyes.The Betrayal of Point Reyes – Tony Sehgal, Silver Reaction Media 

 

 

 




 

 

VISIT, LEARN and DONATE 

Point Reyes Rewilding Network

naturebasedteaching.com

Forelk.org   

Restore Pt. Reyes Seashore

The Shame of Pt. Reyes

Resource Renewal Institute                             

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CALL, WRITE and SPEAK OUT 

U.S. Representative Jared Huffman: (415) 258-9657; https://huffman.house.gov/contact/email-me  

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553; https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/email  

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841; https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me 

U.S. House Com. on Natural Resources, Raul Grijalva: https://grijalva.house.gov/contact-raul

Regional Director of NPS, Stanley Austin (415) 623-2100; Stan_austin@nps.gov   

Complete Contact List, U.S. Federal/State Officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

AND WRITE TO ONLINE AND PRINT MEDIA EDITORS and INFLUENCERS.

It’s a powerful way to raise awareness, build community, and expand actions.

See advocacy contacts, letter samples, and articles below for help.

CALLING/WRITING LOCAL LEADERS, FEDERAL LEGISLATORS, MEDIA:

When calling, write up a brief script or have reference info handy beforehand. Call the local or national offices. If you are a constituent, say that. Have them listen to how we want our Point Reyes national park restored, protected, and managed for nature, not commercial ranching and more agri biz. Use some of these talking points, or other facts and data you find. 

A view of Point Reys National Park. Image: Screen shot Skyler film.

TALKING / WRITING POINTS:

When emailing or writing a letter, strengthen your action by referring to some of these talking points, researching your own verifiable facts and data, or expressing personal experiences of the harmful land, water, and air degradation at PRNS. 

The National Park Service (NPS) recently said during its recent GMP Amendment environmental review majority that public opinion how the Seashore is protected and managed does not matter. We say that public opinion is VERY important because as taxpayers we are the owners of this land. The federal government weakens public participation across the board, gutting significant environmental laws, and becoming less transparent by the hour.

Cow vs Elk. Image: Screen shot Skyler film.We are pushing back, insisting our comments as voiced by the vast majority of management plan options respondents be fully considered and implemented. The NPS opined “this is not a vote,” while mandated by federal laws and regulations to take care of this public jewel on the Pacific Coast, and to conserve and protect native coastal prairies and wildlife in the Seashore. But NPS leadership and staff at Point Reyes are clearly not following either NPS or the Seashore‘s governing law. These are substantive, provable, factual omissions and commissions by the NPS.

As demonstrated by the vast majority of over 7, 600 public comments, many see the NPS catering to a narrow for-profit group of a dozen or so private commercial-scale livestock operators who were paid millions of dollars by taxpayers decades ago to find alternative private ranchlands and exit the Seashore. These ranchers continue to flout the will of the people by staying on our parklands, and worsen already traumatized wildlands and wildlife. The NPS should respond and act affirmatively to all the individual comments demanding more nature, and removal of all ranching and agri biz.

Personalize your letter about why you like Point Reyes National Seashore, and why you insist that OUR national park be protected from cattle ranching and agri biz! Ask why such an impactful local controversy with global climate implications isn’t being covered in the news!

Refer to this recent San Francisco Chronical article by its Lead Science Reporter Peter Fimrite to encourage more press.  

“At Point Reyes, the contest is elk vs. agriculture. The people vote for the elk.”

Copy/paste your letter to all of these to reach a broader audience:  San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, Press Democrat, Argus Courier, Sonoma News, Point Reyes Light, Pacific Sun, East Bay Express, San Jose Mercury News,  Sacramento Bee, and other numerous local, regional, and national online and print media – news, political, science, nature, environmental, parks, recreation, hiking, surfing, camping, etc.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

The following individuals have generously made themselves available for questions and events: 

Skyler Thomas

White Shark Video

https://shameofpointreyes.weebly.com  

Skyler@whitesharkvideo.com

Julie Phillips 

Nature Based Teaching

www.naturebasedteaching.com  

tuleelk@comcast.net 

Diana Oppenheim

www.forelk.org

action@forelk.org 

Laura Cunningham 

Point Reyes Rewilding Network (WWP)

www.pointreyesrewild.org 

lcunningham@westernwatersheds.org 

 

Chance Cutrano

Restore Pt. Reyes Seashore / RRI

www.RestorePtReyesSeashore.org  

ccutrano@rri.org 

 

Diane Gentile

Citizen Advocate

707-347-6703

dianegentile@gmail.com  


Social Media: 

Please share, like and retweet content about conserving and restoring Point Reyes National Seashore, and saving tule elk on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use: #RestoreTheShore,  #savethetuleelk #savetheelk to build momentum around this effort.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA LINKS WITH ARTICLES, LETTERS, COMMENTS 

Here are just a few of the many articles addressing PRNS:

At Point Reyes, The Contest Is Elk Vs. Agriculture. The People Vote For The Elk.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/At-Point-Reyes-the-contest-is-elk-vs-15203706.php  

San Francisco Chronicle – Peter Fimrite, April 15 2020

 

Point Reyes Livestock Hinders Soil Carbon Banking

https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/point-reyes-livestock-hinders-soil-carbon-banking  

Pt. Reyes Light – Laura Cunningham, December 4, 2019

 

The Big Lie: Point Reyes National Seashore And Ranching

https://jimcoda.com/2019/04/22/the-big-lie-point-reyes-national-seashore-and-ranching 

Jim Coda, April 2019  

 

Point Reyes Ranchers Shouldn’t Be Favored Over Wildlife 

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Point-Reyes-ranchers-shouldn-t-be-favored-over-13381520.php  

San Francisco Chronicle – Barbara J. Moritsch, November 2018

 

New Point Reyes Management Plan Riles Up Environmentalists

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/New-Point-Reyes-management-plan-riles-up-14291769.php  

San Francisco Chronicle – Peter Fimrite, August 2018

Beef of Burden

https://www.bohemian.com/northbay/beef-of-burden/Content?oid=2948337&showFullText=true  

North Bay Bohemian, March 2016

 

Wild Meets Mild

https://www.bohemian.com/northbay/wild-meets-mild/Content?oid=2702207 

James Knight, March 2015

Point Reyes National Seashore; Fencing Harmful to Wildlife


https://jimcoda.com/2014/07/26/point-reyes-national-seashore-fencing-harmful-to-wildlife  

Jim Coda, July 2014

Together, we MUST reach critical mass in Public awareness and direct actions to protect this National Park treasure!

 

 

 

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