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National Park Service seeks to ease tensions with Point Reyes farmers
National Park Service seeks to ease tensions with Point Reyes farmers

Point Reyes National Seashore is unusual among U.S. parks. Its shimmering coastline and velvety hillsides make for a majestic Marin County landscape — and its two dozen commercial dairy farms and ranches make for one of the nastiest disagreements in the national park system. Farmers and ranchers here have a list of grievances against a federal government they say burdens their operations with needless red tape. Worse, they believe park officials secretly want to force them to shut down, and they complain that little has been done to rein in tule elk that graze on land meant for livestock. As for tourists, they are another species not always welcomed by the locals. ------------...

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