The National Park Service is trying to remove a beloved oyster farm in Drakes Estero, misrepresenting both science and history.
The Park Service is misrepresenting the legislative history of Point Reyes National Seashore and leveling false charges of environmental harm against an upstanding family business. This website was created to provide the truth about the historic oyster farm and its place in the working landscape the Seashore was formed to protect. The Lunnys, a third-generation Point Reyes ranching family, purchased the oyster farm in 2004 and have been superb stewards of the land and water. Read more about the Lunny family here.
Cartoons by George Russell
“Drakes Bay Oyster is a great local subject,” says cartoonist George Russell. “My views are expressed in the cartoons. Since I get to draw what I want, I draw what I feel on the subject. It’s always fun to stick up for the underdog, and I think the NPS has been a bit of a bully in this case. The Lunnys are great fighters and it’s great to see that they are taking on the NPS.”
To see more George Russell cartoons and read more about the artist, click here.
Oysters Help the Environment
All over the world, oyster-restoration projects are taking place to improve the ecosystem. Native oysters once provided these ecological services, but they have been over-fished. It’s estimated that 85% of the world’s oysters have been lost. Oyster farming and oyster restoration projects are making up for this loss.To read more click here
The Wilderness Illusion
As Drakes Bay Oyster Farm fights to stay in business,
a group of anti-oyster-farm advocates has worked against
the farm, advocating for its eviction. These anti-oyster-farm
advocates claim they are advancing the cause of “wilderness.”
To read more click here