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A Bull Tule Elk is entangled in barbed wire in Point Reyes National Seashore.
A Bull Tule Elk is entangled in barbed wire in Point Reyes National Seashore. © JIM CODA - All Rights Reserved

Point Reyes National Seashore
Wildlife vs Ranching

Webinar & Discussion Weds. July 1st at 6pm 

Jun 29, 2020


By Diane elise Gentile


Special Guest: James Coda

with Skyler Thomas

Webinar & Discussion 

Weds. July 1st at 6pm 

Environmental lawyer, James Coda has worked for the Dept. of the Interior with the Bureau of Land Management on grazing issues and at Point Reyes National Seashore during the time Tule Elk were reintroduced to the park. He is also a professional wildlife and landscape photographer.

Skyler Thomas is a local filmmaker and joins a team of conservationists, biologists, and local leaders to share information about our backyard paradise and how it’s being threatened by pollution, habitat loss and giveaways to private industry.

Listen in to 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.


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Bring your questions, comments, and as always, thank you for caring enough to get informed, engaged and advocating for our National Seashore.


1.  Ken Brower Interview on Saving Point Reyes Seashore

Click on image to watch Kenneth Brower Interview on Saving Point Reyes Seashore.

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2. The Shame of Point Reyes - Skyler Thomas

Click on image to watch Skyler's footage supporting the devastation the cows bring to Point Reyes national Park.


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"In the discussion regarding Point Reyes National Seashore people often get caught up in the legal debate of the private ranches continuing to operate on public land despite the expiration of the original leases.  This in turn leads to a complex and confusing history of short term leases, “letters of authorization”, and an ongoing effort by the ranchers and their politicians attempting to amend the legislation.

What I believe people need to focus on is that the ranching activities in Point Reyes are so terrible that they should NOT be legal anywhere, much less in an incredible National Seashore that was purchased by Congress with our tax dollars to preserve it for our and future generations to enjoy.  For the greater good, we should be making every effort to end such destructive and selfish practices rather than looking for ways to promote and celebrate them. Part of my filmmaking process included wading through the deeply embedded propaganda spread by the ranching community to mislead the public as to the reality of what is taking place in the seashore.  Those who finally realize what has been taking place out there often have the first reaction of “How did I not know, and how can this be happening?” 



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