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Dear Friend of the National Parks,

Drakes Estero

The National Park Service wants to hear from you! Should they preserve the only marine wilderness on the West Coast or commercialize it? We need you to tell them that national park wilderness is for wildlife and public enjoyment, not private commercial use. At stake is the future of Drakes Estero, an estuary within Point Reyes National Seashore that is considered the ecological heart of the park. The estuary is to receive full wilderness designation in 2012, but an oyster company owner would like to extend their operating permit, which would violate long-standing wilderness plans.

Drakes Estero is home to several endangered plants and animals, including eelgrass, harbor seals and birds including Black Brant and Great Egrets. Yet industry wants the waters for its motorized oyster boats, wants the sandbars reserved for its oyster bags (at the expense of harbor seals), and wants to make a fundamental change in wilderness policy so that private commercial use is acceptable.

The National Park Service will be hosting three public meetings during the initial scoping phase of this process. The open house style meetings will be identical in format and are intended to gather comments from the public that will be used in shaping the EIS (environmental impact statement).

Scoping Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, October 26, 6 - 8 p.m.
Dance Palace Community Center
503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94965

Wednesday, October 27, 6 - 8 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room, Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

Thursday, October 28, 6 - 8 p.m.
Community Room, REI Berkeley
1338 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

You are welcome to join the meetings anytime between 6 - 8 p.m., as there will be no formal presentation. We hope you will join us to help preserve Drakes Estero for the enjoyment of future generations.

Sincerely,

Neal Desai

Neal Desai
Associate Director
Pacific Region

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