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Pro-ranching group wins early disclosure of comments on proposed Point Reyes NS management plan

The National Park Service has received nearly 3,000 public comments on its initial concepts for an amendment to its general management plan that will determine the future of ranch and elk management in the Point Reyes National Seashore and the northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Though it is standard practice to release the comments, the park service published them prematurely in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from a local group that believes the agency is leading ranchers to “death by a thousand cuts.” Longtime farming activist Phyllis Faber and others, banded together in what they called the Resilient Agriculture Group, recently obtained a host of other documents. Their fear is that an institutional bias against ranching has defined the park’s public process around the amendment and shaped its ongoing land management.



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