August 8, 2021
What We Are Fighting For
Only a handful of America’s national parks permit cattle grazing. One-third of the Point Reyes National Seashore—some 18,000 acres of what was once California’s coastal prairie—are dedicated to the exclusive use of two dozen ranchers. Nearly 6,000 cattle graze in the Seashore, more than there are Tule elk on the planet. Cows outnumber the native elk in the park 10 to 1. These rare elk are dying by the hundreds because their range and water are reserved for cattle. But the problems at the Seashore extend far beyond elk. Restore Point Reyes Seashore is fighting to reform management failures that threaten the future of the park itself—water pollution, overgrazing, soil erosion, greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, loss of native habitats, endangered species. We are raising awareness, inspiring public involvement, and taking appropriate action—including in the courts. We don’t engage in nor endorse anyone breaking the law—including the National Park Service. Our goal is to require the Park Service to follow the law and manage our national parks, wildlife and resources therein “unimpaired for future generations.”
Read: The Battle Over Point Reyes Tule Elk
This Land is Your Land
America’s national parks belong to all of us. But the National Park Service puts cattle first at Point Reyes National Seashore. Public dollars purchased these beautiful coastal lands 60 years ago but beef and dairy ranching continues, despite strong public opposition. Every year more than 2 million people come to the Seashore to be in nature, hoping to glimpse rare wildlife like the migrating whales and majestic Tule elk. But few visitors to the park know of the threats to this fragile ecosystem from the thousands of cattle that graze 24/7 on these public lands. Why does the National Park Service continue to permit privately owned dairies and beef operations to profit in the park, despite the damage to the land, water, wildlife and climate?