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Contact: Melanie Gunn, 415-464-5131
Initial phase increases public’s opportunity to comment
POINT REYES STATION, Calif. – The National Park Service will begin planning for a General Management Plan Amendment (4,302 KB PDF) to address all lands currently under agricultural lease/permits within Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
With this announcement, the Park Service presents six concept alternatives, ranging from 20-year agricultural lease/permits with diversification and increased operational flexibility, to reduced ranching, no dairy ranching, and no ranching alternatives. The concept alternatives will also consider the management of tule elk in the planning area, ranging from elimination, to active management, to expansion of the Drakes Beach herd.
The Park Service’s initial proposal would allow existing ranch families to continue beef and dairy operations with 20-year lease/permits and tule elk in the Drakes Beach area would be managed at a level compatible with authorized ranching. Visitor experience improvements, management strategies to protect park resources, and visitor carrying capacities in the planning area will also be addressed.
This announcement initiates a 30-day public comment period that will end on November 15, 2017, during which the Park Service will host two open house meetings. The meetings will be identical in format and are intended to gather public comments for use in shaping the plan. The meetings are scheduled for late-October at the following locations:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
West Marin School Gym
Point Reyes Station, CA
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Bay Model Visitor Center
Comments may be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/poregmpa, at one of the public meetings, or by mailing or hand delivering comments to:
GMP Amendment c/o Superintendent
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
The NPS is required by court order to complete the GMP Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement with a record of decision by July 14, 2021.