May 3, 2019: Marin Independent Journal


Marin Voice: Congress never intended Pt. Reyes ranching to continue

Contrary to the claims of some, there is no basis for asserting that when Congress passed the Point Reyes legislation in 1962 it intended that ranching would continue forever after the National Park Service acquired the ranches (all were acquired in the 1960s and 1970s). Red more at link.


A New Chapter in the Fight for Point Molate

by Bay Nature Staff

June 23, 2019 

Last March, Richmond officials announced that they’d chosen SunCal to develop a housing and renovation project on Point Molate, a small headland just north of the Richmond Bridge. The project has vocal opponents who, among other concerns, worry over the fate of important eelgrass beds just off shore. 

Opponents of the project maintain that the waterfront apartments will be for luxury buyers and won’t help Richmond with its housing crunch—an oft-cited rationale for developing Point Molate. New housing should be sited near public transportation, argues David Helvarg, co-chair of the Point Molate Alliance. “You’re making major investment where housing doesn’t make sense.” 

Helvarg’s group wants the city to create a public park and restore the point’s historic Winehaven, once the largest winery in the country, into a commercial and recreational center. 

There’s also concern about the 50 acres of eelgrass beds just offshore of the headland, among the most pristine in the Bay and a source of grass for other restoration projects. Katharyn Boyer, a marine biologist at San Francisco State University, fears that development of Point Molate will cause silt and other runoff to smother the beds.

Read more at Bay Nature.

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