With the impending expiration of Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s lease with the National Park Service, on November 31, 2012, Secretary Salazar sat down with the Drake’s Bay Oyster Company family owners.
Present in support of sustainable farming were: Tom Moore, Manager California Department Of Fish And Game; Marin County Supervisor, Steve Kinsey; and Tod Friend, Tomales Bay Oyster Company. All agreed that the importance of maintaining this lease was essential to the economic health of the Point Reyes community.
Lifetime environmental activist, including Founder of Earth Day in 1970, Representative Pete McCloskey provided convincing dialogue to the Secretary to renew the lease. “In two years the Bush administration has tried to roll back almost all the environmental advances that were made in the last 33 years,” he says in an interview in his Redwood City law office. “I’m almost embarrassed to be a Republican.”
Salazar reiterated that this is a compelling and precedential decision which requires great consideration. The jury is still out, Secretary Salazar is expected to make a decision this week.
The farm tour was accompanied by numerous members of the press and dedicated supporters.