National Enviro Group Smears Local Oyster Farm

Posted on November 28, 2011, Russian River Times by John Hulls & Todd Pickering

“The National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) campaign against the presence of historic Drakes Bay Oyster Company farm (DBOC) in Point Reyes National Seashore has a readily apparent pattern of inflammatory press releases and petitions timed to influence public input. The allegations in these press releases and petitions from NPCA and its coalition show a reckless disregard for the truth, using incendiary language such as, “threats to endangered species”, “repeal of the Wilderness Act”, “causing the deaths of harbor seals”, “wiping out endangered eel grass” and a host of other words and misinformation designed to shock the public into responding to public comment periods for National Park Service actions and to their legislators. These releases are distributed to a wide range of national and local environmental groups who re-release them, creating an echo-chamber of misinformation. None of their charges are true.…”

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to National Enviro Group Smears Local Oyster Farm

  1. Lloyd, can't believe you were at Sembach.

    Me, too, as an Air Force brat. 1969-1973. I used to walk right off base and roam the countryside; a great place to be a kid.

  2. Thanks for sharing this link and it's exposure of faux environmental attacks on sustainable shellfish aquaculture. We here on Denman Island, British Columbia face similar albeit less highly placed criticism of our livelihood. I think it is but another face of gentrification, a subject beyond the scope of a comment section. In any case we certainly appreciate your blog and the amazingly wide range of issues it surveys.

  3. It's impossible for a layman to divine the truth of this particular case from the article. This is more and more the situation these days, people on both sides of almost every issue feel free to exaggerate and even outright lie to further their causes. We are drowning in a media grown gargantuan that provides us no honest answers. My theory and observation as I have aged into my late fifties is that almost everything public is a big lie. Government lies to us, business lies to us, activists lie to us, the media lies to us. And an in depth reading of history reveals it has always been this way.

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