The Point Reyes National Seashore has released their ranch and elk plan:
Via MarinIJ: "The National Park Service plan includes several changes from what was released under the Trump administration in 2019.
These changes include new mandates for ranchers to make specific plans and investments to protect wildlife, water quality and the environment; reducing the number of tule elk that park staff would be allowed to kill; and limiting the ability for ranchers to diversify their livestock.
Ranch leases would still increase from five-year terms to up to 20 years as originally proposed.
Park staff would also still be allowed to shoot elk in one of the park’s free-roaming herds to keep the population at a maximum of 140 elk. Park staff originally proposed limiting the herd to 120 elk.
An additional 580 acres of existing ranch land would be converted to a protected area for elk. A total of 2,580 acres of existing ranch land will be retired under the plan.
Park service staff said the changes were made in response to concerns raised since the park first released the proposal in 2018, including tens of thousands of opposition letters and concerns raised by California coastal regulators earlier this year."
PRNPS press release: https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn...
Photo from last night by WMF.