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Point Reyes National Seashore to Host Open House Meetings on Commercial Shellfish Operations in Drakes Estero on October 18, 19, and 20, 2011

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Date: October 12, 2011
Contact: Melanie Gunn, 415-464-5131

Point Reyes Station - 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 (Draft EIS) for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) Special Use Permit (SUP) at Point Reyes National Seashore. The meetings will be identical in format and held at the following locations:

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Wednesday, October 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Fort Mason Center, Building D, San Francisco, CA 94123
Thursday, October 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Tamalpais High School Student Center, 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 

A Spanish language interpreter will be present at each meeting.

The 60-day public comment period on the Draft EIS for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) Special Use Permit (SUP) runs through November 29, 2011. The Draft EIS explores a range of alternatives, including a no-action alternative under which DBOC's existing authorizations would expire on November 30, 2012 and subsequent conversion of Drakes Estero to full wilderness. Under the three action alternatives, the Secretary of Interior would exercise his discretion to issue a new 10-year SUP to DBOC to for commercial oyster operations in Drakes Estero from November 30, 2012 to November 30, 2022. The action alternatives present differing levels of onshore facilities and infrastructure and offshore operations for consideration. The entire document is available on the internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pore. Printed copies or CDs may also be requested by contacting the Project Outreach Coordinator, Melanie Gunn at 415-464-5131.

How to Comment:

  • Online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pore; or
  • By mailing or hand delivering comments to Cicely Muldoon, Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956; or
  • Attending one of the public open house meetings listed above. 

-NPS-

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