About the Campaign
For decades, the National Park Service has allowed commercial dairy and cattle ranching to continue within Point Reyes National Seashore, even though the federal government bought all their lands back in the 1970s. These operations degrade habitat for native Tule elk and other wildlife, and impede public recreation in this stunning coastal landscape.
When the Park Service announced in 2013 that it intended to approve new 20-year ranching leases, Huey D. Johnson of Resource Renewal Institute contacted Advocates for the West for legal help. We swiftly won a landmark settlement requiring the Park Service to amend its General Management Plan and consider whether to continue authorizing year-round ranching. The settlement also requires the agency to issue the first-ever Environmental Impact Statement to analyze impacts of ranching on the Seashore and spend the next four years taking public comment.
Click here to learn more about our work to protect Point Reyes.