Shortly after Trump Appointee Kenkel’s arrival at Point Reyes National Seashore came an unprecedented move by any National Park Unit; blasting their email list with an attempt to defend themselves against the truth. It’s a strange and embarrassing thing for a park to do, but even worse is that it was done because they couldn’t actually defend themselves using the truth. If the truth was on their side the news publication would have been forced to retract its statements. So, like Trump, instead of dealing with facts, the park turned to propaganda. Now they are the ones who will have to retract their statements.
Reality simply doesn’t seem to apply to this park service staff. Their own recently published EIS states that all new fencing and any replacement fencing will be wildlife friendly. Instead, one of the first moves by the park service was to install new, even taller, barbed wire fencing. As if that wasn’t bad enough last week new electric fencing was installed. Is electrocution friendly? Or maybe this is the park’s way of keeping visitors from walking onto pasture land even though visitors are allowed to do so. In fact, that’s one of the excuses used to justify the cut rate lease rates these welfare ranchers receive.
The park has always snubbed environmental regulations so as to keep in good standing with the ranchers operating in the park. Kenkel, who comes from a farming background, seems poised to finish the plan of turning Point Reyes into one big ranch, wildlife and citizens be damned. The park he was plucked from promoted ranching and actively killed NATIVE wildlife, matching perfectly with the PRNS’s plan.
It’s hard not to think back on Kevin Lunny, one of the worst lease violators in Point Reyes, meeting with Trump, the most environmentally unfriendly president ever, in the white house, mapping their vision for national parks when you see someone like Kenkel arrive.
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