Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Public Comments
The National Park Service (NPS) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit for public comment from September 23, 2011, to December 9, 2011. During this time, three public open house meetings were held at different locations in the vicinity of the park. The public was encouraged to submit comments on the DEIS through the National Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) web site. Comments by individuals were also accepted at the meetings, by postal mail, and in person at the park. More than 52,000 pieces of correspondence were received during the comment period. Below is the Preliminary Content Analysis Report for the correspondence received during this period and all original pieces of correspondence.
Preliminary Content Analysis Report (66 KB PDF)
Correspondence ID by Author Index (3,641 KB PDF)
Correspondence ID by Organization Type Indices
All 52,473 pieces of correspondence are included below. Correspondence ID numbers have generally been grouped in bundles of 1000 and are available in the format they were originally submitted, either web format or hard copy. If a letter was submitted in both web format and hard copy, in most cases, the hard copy version is provided.
Formal notifications by the NPS announcing the public comment period for the DEIS included the following text:
On multiple occasions during the comment period, letters were delivered to the National Park Service in bulk form. The individuals who delivered the bulk comments were informed that letters submitted on behalf of others would not be included in the correspondence received during the public comment period. These bulk comments are not included below.
How Do I Find My Correspondence?
If you would like to find your individual correspondence, follow the steps below:
Comments recorded on flip charts during Public Meetings:
A total of 275 people attended the three meetings (151 people attended the meeting at Point Reyes Station, 54 attended the meeting in San Francisco, and 70 attended the meeting in Mill Valley). Some people attended more than one meeting.
Attendees at the three public meetings were able to provide verbal comments. Flip charts were set up at each venue to record these comments. As a comment sheet was filled, it was posted on a wall at the meeting venue, so that all comments could be read by meeting attendees. Comments from each meeting were entered into PEPC as a single piece of correspondence. In other words, there is one piece of correspondence representing all of the comments submitted on the flip charts from first public meeting in Point Reyes Station (Correspondence ID 133), one piece of correspondence representing the comments recorded on flip charts at the San Francisco meeting (Correspondence ID 134), and a third piece of correspondence representing the comments recorded on flip charts at the Mill Valley meeting (Correspondence ID 137). Images of the flip chart comments may be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
Now that the public comment period has closed, the National Park Service is in the process of analyzing comments, conducting further analysis as needed, and preparing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). We anticipate completing the FEIS in the summer of 2012.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...