Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Interior Secretary Salazar to meet on oyster farm controversy in Marin County
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will meet Wednesday in Marin County with stakeholders in the controversy over the federal permit for Drakes Bay Oyster Company's operation in the protected waters of Point Reyes National Seashore. Salazar is scheduled to meet with the family-owned oyster company officials, including owner Kevin Lunny, at the farm on the edge of Drakes Estero, a 2,500-acre estuary designated by Congress as potential wilderness. Later, he will meet at Point Reyes Seashore headquarters with wilderness advocates who want Lunny's permit terminated when it expires on Nov. 30. The Lunny family maintains that harvesting $1.5 million worth of oysters a year from the near-pristine estero is a perfect example of sustainable food production in an otherwise untrammeled waterway. Sen. Dianne Feinstein authored legislation giving Salazar sole discretion to either terminate the permit or renew it for up to 10 years...more