Highlights from 9th Circuit Appeals Court Ruling Affirming Wilderness Decision for Drakes Estero

California Coastal Commission Initiates Cease and Desist Order Against Drakes Bay Oyster Company For Ongoing Violations

State Fish & Game Dept. Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction Over Drakes Estero In Letter to Point Reyes National Seashore

2008 Fish & Game Dept. Legal Counsel Concludes Park Service Has Primary Management Authority Over Drakes Estero

2007 Fish & Game Dept. Legal Counsel Concludes Park Service Has Primary Management Authority Over Drakes Estero

Letter to Salazar Expressing Concerns About Dr. Corey Goodman’s Published Attacks on NPS Science

2012 CA Coastal Commission finds Oyster Company Violating Harbor Seal Protections Since 2008

Coastal Commission Fines Oyster Company $61,250 for Violating Cease and Desist Order Dec. 2009

Briefing paper: Law, Policy and Science Require Wilderness for Drakes Estero in 2012

10 Reasons Why Drakes Estero Should Be Protected From Private Enterprise
For the postable version, click here.

The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World. —Henry David ThoreauDraft Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Action Committee’s Summer 2011 Newsletter

The Heart of the Park: Drake’s Estero Wilderness at Point Reyes National Seashore
A report by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and the Sierra Club, Marin Group  


Fact Sheets

The Real Facts: Environmental Impacts of Commercial Shellfish Production in Drakes Estero

National Wildlife Federation Fact Sheet on Drakes Estero

National Wildlife Federation Law & Policy Fact Sheet


Letters in support of Wilderness

Letter from Tom Baty to the Coastal Commission
September 1, 2011

Letter to Department of Interior
Amy Meyer, Huey Johnson, Marty Griffin, Bill Kortum, August 31, 2011

Letter from Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society, to the Department of the Interior, urging that Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s lease expire as originally agreed
January 20, 2011

Opposition Letters to 2009 Rider

Federated Tribes of Graton Rancheria
Letter in support of Wilderness in 2012.


Regulatory Agency Letters

Letter from California Coastal Commission to Drakes Bay Oyster company regarding compliance issues with the Coastal Act and Consent Cease and Desist Order CCC-07-CD-11
September 29, 2011

Letter from the California Coastal Commission to Drakes Bay Oyster Company regarding violation of Consent Cease and Desist Order CCC-07-CD-11
December 7, 2009

Letter from California Coastal Commission to Chair, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jeff Bingaman regarding the history of noncompliance with the Coastal Act on the part of Drakes Bay Oyster Company
September 17, 2009  



The wildness of nature has often been seen as the correlate to the wildness within us . . . we do not go into the wilderness to escape our lives, but to return to them.How Much is Wilderness Worth?
by Jim DiPeso, Policy Director for Republicans for Environmental Protection, October 16, 2011

Reassessing the Role of the National Research Council: Peer Review, Political Tool, or Science Court?
Ian Fein, California Law Review, October 2011

We’re Rich! (In Nature.)
Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, September 10, 2011

“The wilderness trims our bravado and puts us in our place. Particularly in traumatic times like these, nature challenges us, revitalizes us, humbles us, exhilarates us and restores our souls. It reminds us that we are part of a larger universe, stewards rather than masters of our world.”

A Well-Regulated Wilderness
Michael Lipsky, New York Times, September 13, 2011

“America is engaged in a great debate on the role of government and the extent of its reach. In the heart of the mountains, far from the roads that would take us back to commerce and competition, we saw that even our beloved refuges were the results of public structures, allowing us the hard-sought illusion that we are beyond their reach.”

The Wild Nursery of Drakes Estero
Bay Nature
, October/December 2008  


NPS Scoping in 2010

National Wildlife Federation Scoping Comments
November 22, 2010

Environmental Action Committee Scoping Comments
November 24, 2010

Scoping comments
Rick W Johnson, November 22, 2010