Tomales Point Area Plan 
c/o Superintendent Point Reyes National Seashore 
1 Bear Valley Road 
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
RE: Tomales Point Area Plan Environmental Assessment – Support for Alternative B 
Dear Acting Superintendent Altman:
We, the undersigned 40 environmental organizations and wildlife photographers are writing to express our strong support for Alternative B in the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Tomales Point Area of Point Reyes National Seashore. We thank the National Park Service (NPS) for its care and efforts in this proposal to improve the management of the Seashore.
Two historic droughts during the last decade have adversely affected habitat conditions for tule elk confined to Tomales Point. Since their reintroduction to the Seashore in 1978 hundreds of elk within the Reserve have suffered and died. With a changing climate, the NPS must act to minimize adverse impacts on park resources and values.
The undersigned groups believe the NPS preferred alternative–Alternative B–establishes the appropriate management direction at Tomales Point for the following reasons:
1. Ecological Benefits to Tomales Point: Confinement of Tomales Point elk herd to a small area of the National Seashore has led to overgrazing, degradation of habitat, and mass die-offs of elk during historic drought years. Allowing elk to roam beyond the planning area will improve ecological function and processes at Tomales Point.
2. Improvement to Elk Herd Health: As an endemic species, the tule elk should be able to express their natural movement and foraging behaviors unimpeded by the 3 miles of artificial 8 ft elk fencing. Removing the elk fence restores their ability to roam freely and find sufficient food and water sources throughout the National Seashore.
3. Genetic Diversity: The current confined conditions increase the risk of inbreeding depression and reduce genetic diversity for this unique herd. Providing access to a larger range helps maintain gene flow and genetic variability of the free-ranging tule elk herds of the Point Reyes peninsula.
4. Cultural Significance: The tule elk holds great cultural and spiritual importance for the Coast Miwok peoples, who are indigenous to this region. Alternative B provides opportunities for further consultation and coordination with Tribal partners, building on opportunities such as employing prescribed fire and incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge to steward natural and cultural resources at Tomales Point.
5. Visitor Experience: Many visitors come to Point Reyes to view wildlife in their natural state. The removal of the elk fence and permitting the tule elk to roam free creates more opportunities for visitors to observe and appreciate these magnificent animals in an open, natural setting.
We urge you to move forward with your preferred alternative–Alternative B–and remove the elk fence at Tomales Point immediately. This decision aligns with the mission of the National Park Service to enhance the character of the Phillip Burton Wilderness and preserve the natural and cultural resources of Point Reyes National Seashore for present and future generations.
Thank you for your consideration,
Chance Cutrano
Director of Programs
Resource Renewal Institute

Ashley Eagle-Gibbs
Executive Director
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin

Jeff Miller
Senior Conservation Advocate
Center for Biological Diversity

Beth Pratt
Regional Executive Director
National Wildlife Federation

Tara Thornton
Director of Institutional Engagement
Endangered Species Coalition

Megan Isadore
Executive Director
River Otter Ecology Project

Todd Steiner
Executive Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network

Alison Hermance
Director of Communications

Jeff Ruch
Pacific Director
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Tom Baty
Public Lands Conservancy

Nancy Graalman
Defense of Place

Daniel Dietrich
Point Reyes Safaris

Matthew Polvorosa Kline
Founder and Director
Mission Rewild

Daniel Dietrich
Conservation Kids

Natalie Ahwesh
Director of State Affairs
Animal Wellness Action

Kimberly Baker
Executive Director
Klamath Forest Alliance

Drew Feldmann
Conservation Chair
San Bernadino Valley Audubon Society

Wendal Reed
Antelope Valley Conservancy

Sebastian Kennerknect
Cat Expeditions

Sandra Lee
Sandra Lee Photography
Neal Desai
Senior Program Director
National Parks Conservation Association

Martha Kreeger
SF Bay Chapter Chair
Sierra Club

Erik Molvar
Executive Director
Western Watersheds Project

Emily Roberson
Native Plant Conservation Campaign Director
California Native Plant Society

Philip Francis
Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks

Camilla Fox
Executive Director
Project Coyote

David Parsons
Board Member
The Rewilding Institute

Johnnie Carlson
Associate Director
Planning and Conservation League

Thomas Wheeler
Executive Director
Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

Michael J. Painter
Californians for Western Wilderness

Michael Warburton
Public Trust Alliance

Amelia Wilson
Regional Parks Association

Miyoko Schinner
Founder and President
Rancho Campasión

Diane Gentile
Aqus Community Foundation

Brooks Fahy
Executive Director
Predator Defense

Lisa Ownes Viani
Raptors Are The Solution

Lisa Robertson
Wyoming Untrapped

Robin Buff
Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society

Sheila Newenham
Chief Explorer
Exploring Nature Photography

Derick Carss
Art Director
Before It Gets Dark

cc: U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Debra Haaland; Department of the Interior Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs Deputy Director, Danielle Decker; California Coastal Commissioners; California Secretary for Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot; California Director of Fish and Wildlife Service, Charlton Bonham; Marin County Board of Supervisors.