The adequate water series has begun. Every episode can be found here.
Tired of listening to the park service downplay the drought situation facing the trapped Tule elk within Point Reyes National Seashore, two people set out with the parks service's "water sources" map to document the camera themselves.
Interview with Laura Cunningham and Julie Phillips
Two scientists speak of the potential for nature to heal when native plants and animals are allowed to exist together rather than a forced concept of human agriculture and wildlife attempting to exist together.
Tule Elk Biologist
Retired College Instructor,
Environmental Science and Nature Based Teacher
California Director Western Watersheds Project
Paintings by Laura Cunningham
Graphics by Julie Phillips
Video footage by Skyler Thomas
#tuleelk #renerativefarming #regenerativeranching #nature #science #ecology #pointreyes #livestock #pointreyesnationalseashore
Yet another former park service employee takes a public stance against the management practices taking place in our national seashore. Judd Howell is a wildlife scientist who conducted a multi-year study on the Tule elk in Point Reyes National Seashore. Here's what he had to say.
How many times does the park service have to be caught lying to the public before we wake up to the fact they are corrupt?
On Sunday, Sept. 13th park rangers told ABC7's Dan Noyes that there was absolutely no plan to cull the elk. That's a bold faced lie that can be proven in writing. The management plan that the park service not only wrote but endorsed as their preferred alternative literally says they will manage the population with lethal removal.
THAT IS CULLING!!!! And it's their preferred plan!!!!!!!!
You can see the preferred alternative yourself below
#pointreyesnationalseashore #pointreyes #tuleelk #cull #lies #killingwildlife
Snippet from the plan below
Man-made watering holes, naturally occuring ponds, seeps, creeks, and numerous troughs could be seen throughout the ranch lands as we drove away from the fenced elk slowly dying of thirst.
Overhearing the conversation between a park service representative and ABC 7's Dan Noyes I learned that the merciful water troughs brought in by activists were removed by the park under the excuse of fear that the troughs could be poisoned. And yet there's no concern over the cattle troughs being poisoned, many of which are easily accessible from the road, such as the one pictured here. Let me say it another way; troughs, hidden in the terrain of the elk reserve, are supposedly a target for an imaginary group of people who might be motivated enough to drive all the way to the seashore, hike into the reserve, find the troughs, then poison the water.
The only humans interested in hurting these elk are the ranchers and sadly the park staff themselves (it is the park service who CHOSE the management plan that included culling elk.)
Be aware, in the media the park service is using these foolish excuses to distract the public from the bottom line that they are adamant about not helping the elk.
#parkservice #corruption #ranching #dairy #pointreyes #tuleelk #thirst #drought #pointreyenationalseashore #shameofpointreyes
So many good points brought up that I wanted to expand on some of them.
Yesterday I was part of a live broadcast panel discussing the threat against wildlife in Point Reyes National Seashore. One might think the threat I'm referring to is that of wildfires, but sadly, the threat is from the park staff who are under control of animal agriculture.
I have embedded the original broadcast on my sites (wachinghumans.com and shameofpointreyes.org), but also recorded a follow up to the panel because the panelists brought up some great points that I wanted to expand on. Please watch these, also embedded below the original broadcast.
I also want to thank Jane for asking the tech community of the Bay Area to use their clout and their resources to help in the fight against this corruption. My old tech friends, you have the power to make a difference and activists desperately need your assistance. Nature is under assault across the globe, but also right here in your back yard, even national park units aren't safe! You can make your mark by preserving this gem on our coast rather than letting it turn into what the rest of the world is becoming...a desolate feed lot of cattle.
#pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #california #drought #tuleelk #wildfires #agriculture #climatechange #janeunchained #skylerthomas #livestock #cattle #dairy #animalagriculture #ranching #ranchingtruth
"Hey, elk poop too!" - Rancher rationale for allowing thousands of cattle to saturate a national seashore with feces.
#ranching #feces #waste #poop #everyonepoops #elk #dairy #beef #livestock #planetpoop #pointreyes
There's a long list of private business expenses our tax dollars payoff on public land, but road repairs is one you probably never thought of.
Road maintenance is one of many management expenses that fall on the park service, which means it is paid by tax dollars. The park roads endure a lot of traffic from tourists, but have you ever considered how wear and tear from standard vehicles stacks up against the trucks going in and out of the park with their shipments of cattle feed? How about the massive milk trucks? The combines? The cattle trucks. Manure trucks. Slaughter trucks. Any other large, agricultural vehicle?
I haven’t specifically counted the trucks, but it has never been a challenge to get a picture of one, thus it seems they are ever-present. That’s the reality of large, agricultural businesses operating within a federally owned park. Whatever damages that heavy equipment is or isn’t causing, YOU are paying the repairs.
#privatebusiness #publicland #traffic #maintenance #expenses #taxes #federalpark #nationalpark #wearandtear #haytruck #milktruck #feedtruck #manuretruck #cattletruck #combine #pointreyes #tourism
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This was once a dairy…
An inconspicuous sign just off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness tells a wonderful tale of recovery. Today, a living, breathing, wetland filled with native plants and animals provides beauty, health, and even recreation for humans where once there stood a massive dairy ranch. Cut off from the natural ebb and flow, plants and animals disappeared. The soil became heavily polluted from sedimentation, manure, and other factors. The purchase of this land and the massive restoration effort that followed is a feel good story that puts a smile on almost anyone's face.
Today the park service is dedicated to destruction in the name of profit for a few rather than recovery for the benefit of us all.
I wonder if that sign on the side of the road will disappear now. It is evidence that today's park service contradicts itself.
#pointreyes #Inverness #giacomini #wetlands #dairy #ranch #recovery #wildlife #cattle