The Oyster War

The Oyster War

The True Story of A Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America

Book - 2015
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It all began simply enough. In 1976 the Point Reyes Wilderness Act granted the highest protection in America to more than 33,000 acres of California forest, grassland and shoreline - including Drakes Estero, an estuary of stunning beauty. Inside was a small, family-run oyster farm first established in the 1930s. A local rancher bought the business in 2005, renaming it The Drakes Bay Oyster Company. When the National Park Service informed him that the 40-year lease would not be renewed past2012, he vowed to keep the farm in business even if it meant taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Environmentalists, national politicians, scientists, and the Department of the Interior all joined a protracted battle for the estuary that had the power to influence the future of wilderness for decades to come. Were the oyster farmers environmental criminals, or victims of government fraud? Fought against a backdrop of fear of government corruption and the looming specter of climate change, the battle struck a national nerve, pitting nature against agriculture and science against politics,as it sought to determine who belonged and who didn't belong, and what it means to be wild.
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2015]
ISBN: 9781619025271
Branch Call Number: 338.3714 BRENNAN
Characteristics: xiv, 373 pages ; 23 cm


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A well-researched look at this controversial topic that will likely be around for many years to come. Brennan's writing is objective and takes into account a variety of opinions on the issue of oyster farming in Marin. Whichever way you feel about the topic, this book is an enlightening read.


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