Via the Point Reyes Light, buy the paper for the whole story: "Overstocking and a failure to maintain a healthy pasture led the National Park Service to end the grazing lease held by third-generation rancher Dan Genazzi, superintendent Craig Kenkel wrote in a letter last month.
Mr. Genazzi, whose grandfather immigrated from Switzerland to Tomales at the turn of the last century, leased around 300 acres just east of Point Reyes Station. The land is part of the northern district of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is managed by the Point Reyes National Seashore.
In annual letters extending his lease, superintendents said that Mr. Genazzi was nearly twice over his grazing limit of 60 animal units. He failed to maintain fences, and cattle escaped onto neighboring properties and into creek areas. His pasture was barren of plant material and suffering from an expansion of invasive weeds.
“We have directed you repeatedly to pursue specific actions to cure these concerns. Your failure to remedy these lease/permit violations has led to our determination to not renew your lease/permit,” Mr. Kenkel wrote.
Mr. Genazzi, who lives and grazes cows on the neighboring 60-acre private property, declined an interview this week. He said he and the park service mutually agreed to end the lease, and there were no violations. “That stuff was blown out of proportion,” he said."
Ranch #20 is the Genazzi Ranch.
Written by Braden Cartwright