"A National Park Service proposal, which includes whether to give cattle ranchers who rent the park’s land longer leases and a plan to reduce the size of the park’s iconic tule elk herd by killing some animals, is set to undergo a key vote before the California Coastal Commission at a special meeting Thursday.
The meeting will be one of the only times the plan will be vetted in a public hearing before the Biden administration renders a decision before its mid-July deadline.
While the coastal commission cannot disallow the park service from moving forward with its plan, the discussion on Thursday will focus on any “spillover” impacts the plan might have on the state’s coastal areas and wildlife. Ranching impacts on water quality, such as runoff from manure or fertilizer making its way to creeks, is the standout issue, said Kate Huckelbridge, commission deputy director.
“This is the first time that the Coastal Commission has really taken a comprehensive look at anything at Point Reyes,” Kate Huckelbridge, commission deputy director. “It’s kind of a first chance we get to try to get what we think are really critical components and get improvements in the water quality.”