drakes bay Oyster company

5:24pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

How do we define wilderness?

Drakes Estero
Casey Miner

Earlier this month Drakes Bay Oyster Company,  in the Point Reyes National Seashore, closed its doors. That was after a long legal battle with the federal government that ordered the company to close so that Drakes Estero, which has been a commercial oyster farm for nearly 80 years,  could become the first fully protected marine wilderness area in the continental United States. The fight over Drakes Bay has stirred up a heated philosophical debate about how we want to interact with wilderness.

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5:44pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

What will happen to Drakes Bay Oyster Company?

Drakes Estero
Credit ©Drakes bay oyster company

Drakes Bay Oyster Company, an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore, is at the center of a nationwide debate over what it means to preserve wilderness. When the national seashore was created, the oyster farm got a 40 year lease to operate on the park land. That lease expired at the end of 2012, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar refused to renew it. 

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