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As part of legal settlement, ranchers in Point Reyes NS begin signing 5-year interim leases

Last month, the Point Reyes National Seashore sent new, roughly five-year agreements to the ranchers whose leases on its lands have expired. The interim permits are individualized, but none exceed the July 14, 2022 deadline set by the recent settlement between the park and three national nonprofits over ranching. 

By that date, the park must complete an amendment to its General Management Plan and an associated environmental review to determine its management strategy for the ranchlands. The review will address many issues raised by the ranchers in recent years, such as tule elk encroachment, succession plans and agricultural diversification, and will result in a range of alternatives, including one that would end ranching on Point Reyes.