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Point Reyes National Seashore Initiates Ranch Planning

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Date: April 21, 2014
Contact: Melanie Gunn, 415-464-5131

Point Reyes Station – The National Park Service (NPS) is initiating a ranch planning process for the approximately 28,000 acres of working beef cattle and dairy ranches administered by Point Reyes National Seashore.

"Ranching is integral to our history and to our future here at Point Reyes National Seashore," said Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon. "For more than 50 years, ranchers and the park have been working together. This plan is an opportunity to build on that past, address current issues, and strengthen our shared stewardship of these lands. This plan will set a strong foundation for ranching now and into the future."

The first step in the ranch planning process is initiation of public scoping. Scoping, which will run from April 21 through June 2, 2014, invites the public to comment so concerns are identified early and the analysis is focused on the issues raised.

As part of scoping, all are invited to attend public meetings during the first week of May. The open house-style meetings will be identical in format, and are designed to gather public comments:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 5–7 pm
Dance Palace Community Center
503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5–7 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway Blvd.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Comments may be also be submitted online or by letter. To submit comments via the internet, go to the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ranchcmp. Select the "Open for Comment" link. Written comments may be mailed or hand delivered to:

Ranch CMP c/o Superintendent
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.

The NPS anticipates completion of the planning process in fall 2015. Additional information on the planning process is available at the park web site www.nps.gov/pore.

-NPS-

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