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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 16.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 16. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 17.

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Environment Impact Statement News Releases

March 01, 2012
More than 52,000 comment letters on the future of Drakes Estero posted to Point Reyes National Seashore website
Letters were submitted from every state, all of the United States commonwealths and territories, as well as 40 countries.

November 17, 2011
Deadline for Public Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Extended to December 9, 2011
The National Park Service is extending the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit to December 9, 2011.

October 12, 2011
Point Reyes National Seashore to Host Open House Meetings on Commercial Shellfish Operations in Drakes Estero on October 18, 19, and 20, 2011
The National Park Service will host three open house meetings on October 18, 19, and 20 to provide information and gather public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit at Point Reyes National Seashore.

September 23, 2011
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Commercial Shellfish Operations in Point Reyes National Seashore
The National Park Service made available today a Draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the potential issuance of a Special Use Permit for a commercial shellfish operation in Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore.

January 31, 2011
Public Comments and Summary Report Now Available for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service has released the Public Comment Analysis Report for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement. The report presents analysis and summary of public comment, and includes more than 4,000 pieces of correspondence submitted during the 50 day comment period.

November 22, 2010
Deadline for Initial Public Comment on the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit EIS Extended to November 26, 2010
On Saturday, November 20, a power outage in the Fort Collins, CO, offices of the NPS Natural Resource Program Center shut down servers for the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment web site for approximately 18 hours. As a result, people were unable to access the site and provide comments during that time on all NPS projects open for public comment, including the Point Reyes National Seashore Drakes Bay Estero Oyster Company Special Use Permit EIS.

October 22, 2010
November 22, 2010 is the Deadline for Initial Public Comment on the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit EIS
The National Park Service is beginning the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate potential issuance of a Special Use Permit for commercial oyster operations within Drakes Estero for a period of 10 years. The public comment period is from October 8, 2010, through November 22, 2010.

October 5, 2010
Point Reyes National Seashore Announces Public Scoping Meetings for Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service will be hosting three public meetings during the initial scoping phase of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement.

September 22, 2010
National Park Service to Initiate Public Process to Evaluate a 10-year Permit for Commercial Oyster Operations within Drakes Estero
The National Park Service announced that it will develop an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate potential issuance of a Special Use Permit for commercial oyster operations within Drakes Estero.

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Four tidewater gobies (small brackish-water fish) in a hand. Credit: Cassandra Brooks/NPS.

Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...