Urgent Action Needed!
Protect Tule Elk from Ranchers at Point Reyes
URGENT – Comments needed before Monday, June 2.
Please send a personal comment immediately to the Point Reyes National Park Service, opposing the renewal of ranching leases within the park for another 20 years. In your letter, please tell the park that you want the tule elk to have precedent over private ranching within the National Seashore and that you do not want the ranching leases extended for another 20 years. Click here for an example of a letter written by a citizen concerned about the future of tule elk.
Please tell the National Park Service:
No extension of ranching leases for 20-year terms!
Existing leases should not be extended at all. Existing leases should phased out and the land restored for the benefit of wildlife, including tule elk, and the public.
No "removal" of tule elk!
The "Pastoral Zone" is owned by the public, not ranchers. Tule elk and other wildlife, not cattle, are the rightful inhabitants of the Coastal Prairie.
No more welfare for ranchers on publicly-owned land!
With the livestock and farms gone, the Coastal Prairie can be restored to much of its original beauty for wildlife and the public to enjoy.
Reasons why livestock grazing is a detriment to the seashore:
Ranchers were paid for their land.
Starting in 1969 and thoughout the 70s, millions of dollars were paid to the ranching families on the Coastal Prairie now called "The Pastoral Zone."
Ranchers signed 20-year-leases, which have all expired.
Soon after signing their 20 year leases ranchers hired lobbyists to take their case to Washington, D.C. so that they could keep the money, remain on the park lands in perpetuity, while continuing to pay artificially low leases.
Ranchers are pressuring the National Park Service to get the native tule elk "off their lands."
As long as ranching remains the tule elk are in jeopardy. The true and natural “grazers” are tule elk, not cattle.Here are the steps to submit your letter:
Go to: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=58782Scroll down and write your comment in the text field.Fill in your personal information of the comment form (if you don't, you'll be ignored) Note that your personal information may be displayed at the NPS website.Submit your comment. Thank you!