Final Day to Submit Public Comment on GMPA

Today is the final day to submit public comments on the Point Reyes National Seashore's General Management Plan Amendment (GMPA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). 

This is the last stage of public involvement. The Draft EIS and public comment will be used to inform the Final EIS. Your voice is needed to provide comments on the Draft EIS that will not be ignored. In order to do this, you need to let the Seashore and NPS know that they have not analyzed all foreseeable impacts in their plan.

Suggestions to Comment on the Draft EIS

This is the last stage for public involvement. The Draft EIS and public comment will be used to inform the Final EIS.  Your voice is needed to provide comments on the Draft EIS that will not be ignored. In order to do this, you need to let the Seashore and NPS know that they have not analyzed all foreseeable impacts in their plan.

To comment effectively, focus your comments on the purpose and need of the proposed action, the proposed alternatives, the assessment of environmental impacts, and proposed mitigations. What did they overlook, what was not considered, etc. Comments are not a form of voting for an alternative and template form letters are not useful tools at this stage.

Open Letter to EAC Membership

The Seashore initiated a public planning process that seeks to establish guidance for the preservation of natural and cultural resources and the management of infrastructure and visitor use in the planning area. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS), which is part of the General Management Plan Amendment (or GMPA) process, addresses the future management of Tule elk populations and leased ranch lands.  It will be revised into final form taking public comments into account.

This is the last stage for public involvement. The Draft EIS and public comment will be used to inform the Final EIS.  Your voice is needed to provide comments on the Draft EIS that will not be ignored. In order to do this, you need to let the Seashore and NPS know that they have not analyzed all foreseeable impacts in their plan.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released for 45-day Public Comment

The Point Reyes National Seashore has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan Amendment (GMPA) for a 45-day public review and comment period. Deadline for public comments: September 23, 2019.

EAC is currently reviewing the document, meeting with our lands committee, stakeholders, and attending public meetings. We will update our members in early September with our comments on the Draft EIS.

Planning Documents for Public Review

GMPA Public Comment Period Closes

On November 30th, the Point Reyes National Seashore’s public comment period closed.

The GMPA must advance the protection, restoration, and preservation of park resources using ranch leases that ensure that multi-generational, environmentally sustainable ranching is complementary to the natural resources and visitor experiences within the park. 

EAC organized our letter under three primary headings that guide our participation in this process: 1) Protection and Preservation of Natural Resources, 2) Restoration of Degraded Habitats, and 3) Public Access.

Time to Submit GMPA Public Comments

On October 31st the Point Reyes National Seashore announced their public process to update their General Management Plan Amendment (GMPA). This process will provide management guidance for 28,000 acres of the Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) that are currently leased for private cattle and dairy operations.

Public comments are due November 30th. The public can submit their comments through the online National Park Service Planning portal, mail comments postmarked by November 30th, or walk them into the administrative offices at the Seashore.

GMPA Comment Period Results and Habitat Restoration Allowable Uses

In October 2017, we activated our membership and community members to submit comments on the Seashore's 37-day public comment period on six conceptual alternatives. Today, we have some updates on the results of the comment period, next steps, and a review of the November 6, 2017 Seashore letter to the Marin Resource Conservation District concerning Carbon Farm Planning.