By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal
Offering 20-year leases to ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore is among the alternatives National Park Service officials will consider as they look at addressing the future of agriculture in West Marin.
A 30-day comment period on the alternatives will run through Nov. 15, with public hearings set for Point Reyes and Sausalito next week.
Looking to provide West Marin ranchers with more security and opportunity, the park service was in the middle of a planning process for working beef cattle and dairy ranches spread over 28,000 acres within the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Longer leases for ranchers was the cornerstone of the plan, dubbed the “Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment.”
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