The National Park Service (NPS) was preparing a Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (Ranch CMP) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The planning area included approximately 28,000 acres of active beef cattle and dairy operations on NPS lands in Marin County administered by Point Reyes National Seashore under agricultural lease/special use permits (lease/permits). The NPS has ceased work on the Ranch CMP and is now preparing a General Management Plan Amendment to address all lands currently leased for ranching.
Settlement of Litigation on Management of RanchingIn July 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a multi-party settlement agreement in federal court to resolve the litigation challenging Point Reyes National Seashore's General Management Plan and its management of ranching.
Press Release: National Park Service Announces Settlement of Litigation on Management of Ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore - July 2017
Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Updates
Please see our Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Updates page for details on what is currently happening with the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan.
Community Workshops Public Comments
Please see our Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Community Workshops Public Comments page to read the Public Comment Analysis Report, including all correspondence received during the public workshop comment period.
Please see Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Community Workshops page for details on the public workshops held in November 2014.
Public Scoping Comments
Please see our Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Public Scoping Comments page to read the Public Comment Analysis Report, including all correspondence received during the public scoping period.
Initial Public Scoping
Please see our Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Initial Public Scoping page for details on the public scoping phase of this NEPA process.
Please see our Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan Background Information page for background information relevant to this NEPA process.
Please see our Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan News Releases page for all news releases related to this NEPA process.
If you have questions regarding the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan, please call Outreach Coordinator Melanie Gunn at 415-464-5162.
The Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a useful resource for those that are not familiar with NEPA or Council on Environmental Quality Regulations. This 45-page guide, published in December, 2007, describes the NEPA process and provides information on how citizens can get involved.
Last updated: May 8, 2023