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Contact: John A. Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Park Service is holding a workshop about a possible land exchange for the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration Project. The workshop will be held Thursday, March 16, 2006 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Red Barn conference room adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore’s administrative headquarters. The workshop will be facilitated by the League of Women Voters of Marin. Questions will be submitted to a facilitator and will be responded to by the National Park Service. The Park Service has extended the public review period for this issue until Friday, March 24, 2006.
In February 2000, the Park Service acquired the 563-acre Giacomini Ranch at fair-market value for the purpose of restoring the historic coastal marsh at the confluence of Lagunitas Creek with Tomales Bay. At the time of the purchase, the Giacominis only offered certain parcels to the Park Service for potential sale, as they wished to retain many of the parcels adjacent to the town of Point Reyes Station. As part of the final negotiated agreement, the Giacomini family retained some "lowland" parcels that are contiguous with the pastures on the West Pasture (near Inverness Park), and the Park Service retained a portion of the Dairy Facility on the higher elevation Point Reyes Mesa that fronts C Street in Point Reyes Station.
The purpose of this land exchange at this time is to: a) establish federal ownership in 9.61 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands, owned by Giacomini, that are contiguous to existing Federal holdings near the Towns of Inverness and Point Reyes Station; and b) convey a total of 5.38 acres to the Giacomini family’s federally-owned lands adjacent to existing Giacomini holdings in the Town of Point Reyes Station, and convey an improved property near the Town of Inverness.
All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend the facilitated workshop or they can provide written comments or suggestions. A copy of all previous information including maps has been placed on our website at http://www.nps.gov/pore/parkmgmt/planning_current.htm.
If you would like to comment on the proposal, please write to Gregory Gress, Chief, Pacific Land Resources Program Center, 1111 Jackson Street, Suite 700, Oakland, California, 94607.