Realizing the Potential

In a beautiful essay published in the West Marin Citizen September 6, 2012, Dr. Laura Watt reflects on the deeper meaning of the conflict over Drakes Bay Oyster.

“In some core way,” she writes, the disagreement seems to be over whether humans have a role in nature beyond that of a tourist, visiting on the occasional hike and snapping photos.”

Watt also writes, “When you think about it, there is little difference between DBOC’s use of the potential wilderness of the estuary and that of commercial kayak tours; both are providing a service to paying customers that relies on the natural ecosystem, without inputs or manufacturing.”

Read the essay here.