Detail For Show: Pt. Reyes, A Wilderness In Peril


Show Description:

This series explores the threats facing Point Reyes National Seashore and the decades-long battle to reclaim and restore the park for the public and future generations.

Point Reyes National Seashore is a national treasure – and the only National Seashore on America’s West coast. Every year more than 2 million people come to PRNS to be in nature, hoping to glimpse rare wildlife – like migrating whales, elephant seals and majestic Tule elk. The Seashore is a refuge for city-dwellers, as it is for 200 rare, threatened, and endangered species. But of these millions of visitors, few know of the threats to this fragile coastal ecosystem.

There are roughly 6,000 cattle that graze 24/7 on this National Seashore. Private industrial-scale ranchers lease 1/3 of the park, destroying the land, polluting the waters and killing wildlife. These operations were supposed to have left the park in the 1980s. Our tax dollars support these very wealthy ranchers. And while this battle is making headlines, the National Park Service plans to extend these ranch leases for an unprecedented 20-year term and allow further expansion of activities to prioritize private profits over public welfare.

Waters at PRNS have ranked in the top 10% in the U.S. for most contaminated by feces indicated by E. coli bacteria. Native Tule Elk in Pt. Reyes, already down to 1% of their original population, are kept captive behind an 8 ft. fence, resulting in massive die-offs and threatening the future of this species. And more than 90% of all public comments received by the Park Service oppose the Park’s plan to extend and prolong ranching leases.

The National Park Service in Point Reyes is under the thumb of these ranchers, and fully supports their plan to expand their operations and to kill the beloved Tule elk, who, like all wildlife, are vital to maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Notes to Stations About This Show:

These episodes are timely as the National Park Service is making a determination about continuing private ranching on these public lands in the coming months. For those who believe public lands belong to the Public Trust with access to all, this series will be of interest. Included in the series is information about public lands and the environmental issues that apply to all National Parks. Thanks for considering broadcasting.

Type of Show: Multiple episode series

Target Viewing Market: National (US)

State of Production and/or Target State or Province: California

Frequency of Episodes: Approximately every 7 days

Show Producer: SavePRNS

No Download Charges On This Show: Downloads costs are being covered by the producer of this show and there is currently no charge to you for downloading episodes of this show. Thanks from the PegMedia community to for covering this cost.


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0001 This Land Is Your Land? How private interests are ruling Pt Reyes National Seashore 00:54:510.00/0.005/6
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0002 Saving Pt. Reyes A Wilderness In Peril00:51:260.00/0.004/5
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0003 Water Quality at Pt Reyes National Seashore and Effects on Marine Life00:39:190.00/0.004/6
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0004 Legal History of Pt Reyes Pastoral Zone00:53:000.00/0.003/5
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0005 Conservation Grazing Cattle or Tule Elk?00:49:020.00/0.003/5
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0006_Wildlife vs. Ranching00:41:280.00/0.004/4
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0007 We Won't Stand By While The Tule Elk Die00:41:330.00/0.002/2
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0008 Debunking the Myths Part 200:52:310.00/0.001/3
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0008_Debunking the Myths Part 100:52:190.00/0.001/3

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