Point Reyes’ Drakes Estero Becomes First Marine Wilderness Area on West Coast
Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced he is preserving Drakes Estero, a vital estuary within California’s Point Reyes National Seashore as a designated wilderness area.
As promised by Congress almost 40 years ago, Drakes Estero – also known as Drakes Bay – will now enjoy full wilderness protection that will enhance opportunities for recreation, wildlife viewing, and public access to a uniquely preserved marine environment near the major urban hub of San Francisco and nine Bay Area counties, collectively home to more than nine million people. Until now, the Estero had been the site of a commercial oyster company operating under a 40 year lease which will now be allowed to expire as provided by Congress. Read more.