Point Reyes National Seashore celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. From its trademark lighthouse to 150 miles of trails, the seashore attracts over 2 million visitors a year and is home to ranchers, oyster farmers and abundant wildlife. But the story of how environmentalists and politicians joined forces to save the area from development is less well known. We talk about the seashore’s storied history and plans for the future.

Nancy Kelly, filmmaker, "Rebels with a Cause," a documentary she made with husband Kenji Yamamoto about Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area
John Hart, environmental writer and author of "An Island in Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore"
Jules Evens, wildlife biologist with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association and author of "The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula"
Amy Meyer, environmental activist and past vice chair of the the former Golden Gate National Recreation Area-Point Reyes Federal Advisory Commission; current chair of People for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the author of "New Guardians for the Golden Gate"

  • OldVet

    I would like to honor the late Jean Bean was involved with MALT, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which allowed farmers to keep farming in the bedroom community of Marin. She was a school nurse working in west Marin and knew many of the farmers because she had met their kids in school. She had been raised by homesteaders and knew the country lifestyle, and loved the mushrooms that grew in the ranches and wilds in west Marin. She bridged farm folks and commuter communities in something not yet heard of… a land trust.
    May fellow visionaries on the ground take heart and further the vision of connection with the earth that was created when the main industry of Marin was cows.

  • Mare Bear

    Thank you Amy Myers and EVERYONE for protecting Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Let’s protect this natural beauty for everyone — so that future generations may always enjoy the many many breeding and migrating birds and other species that rely on this habitat for their home.

  • Thank you for focusing on this beautiful national treasure. I’m grateful to the visionaries who helped preserve Pt. Reyes for us half a century ago.

  • Sylvia in Inverness was created by bayside residents who wish to save birds from being shot as they try to reach the Point Reyes National Seashore’s newest creation – created in 2008 – the 550 acre Giocomini Wetlands at the southernmost end of Tomales Bay, We are trying to learn if there is public support to end hunting in the area immediately at the flyway gateway to the wetlands, as well as safeguard kayakers, hikers and local residents greatly disturbed by the 100 day shooting ‘season’. Please visit our website! And bless all the people who saved and work for this national treasure and the wondrous wildlife it supports. Thank you!

  • Mike Gray

    I recall the years before the park was created … and amazing plans then to ‘Orange county’ the Point and lands adjacent to Tomales Bay.
    Thankfully, the late Clem Miller (our then-Congressman) envisioned another future for West Marin. Thanks goodness he prevailed.

    Mike Gray
    Formerly of Inverness

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