The Oyster War

The Oyster War

The True Story of A Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America

eBook - 2015
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It all began simply enough. In 1976 the Point Reyes Wilderness Act was passed with broad support, giving more than 33,000 acres of forest, grassland and shoreline the highest possible environmental protection in America. Those lands were to include a rare marine sanctuary, the Drakes Estuary, as "potential wilderness." Located in that estuary was a small, struggling oyster farm. In existence for more than eighty years, it was accused of doing environmental harm. In 2005 the farm was given notice by the National Parks Service that its lease on the property, due to expire in 2012, would not be renewed. The intention was to allow this area to be restored and to be a viable part of the wilderness preserve. Kevin Lunny, a local rancher, bought the oyster farm in 2005 and renamed it The Drakes Bay Oyster Company. He refused to acknowledge the term of the lease, nor did he intend to abide by it, and thus began a protracted battle in the courts and in the court of public opinion over the future of the estuary.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA :, Counterpoint,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781619026483
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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A well-researched look at this controversial topic that will likely be around for many years to come. Brennan's writing is objective and takes into account a variety of opinions on the issue of oyster farming in Marin. Whichever way you feel about the topic, this book is an enlightening read.


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"For many, a trip into nature is a chance to purify and to return."


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