Target: U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Goal: Thank Mr. Salazar for designating Northern California’s Drakes Estero as a marine wilderness
Recently, Ken Salazar, the U.S. Interior Secretary, designated Drakes Estero, an estuary located in Northern California’s Point Reyes National Seashore, as a marine wilderness. Mr. Salazar’s decision makes Drakes Estero the only marine wilderness in the continental United States. Thank him for this important action.
Salazar’s decision is very beneficial for the animals that live in and around Drakes Estero. The estuary and surrounding land is home to harbor seals, sharks, oysters, elk, osprey, and countless other species. Dolphin pods have been seen just outside the inlet, and gray whale mothers often visit the estuary with their young. Now that the area has been designated a wilderness, these species are protected from further human development and disruption.
Although the establishment of the wilderness is beneficial for the wildlife of Drakes Estero, Salazar’s decision was highly contentious. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company fought very hard to prevent the estuary from becoming an official wilderness. For decades, the company has farmed the waters around Drakes Estero for oysters, and the product is very popular in both restaurants and supermarkets around the San Francisco Bay Area. Now that the estuary has been deemed a wilderness, the Drakes Bay Oyster Company must cease its operations permanently, leaving 30 people out of work.
While the closing of this business is not ideal, the employees of the company are not being ignored. As part of his decision, Salazar stipulates that the U.S. government must make every effort to help the employees find new jobs. There are several cattle ranches and other business around the Point Reyes Seashore area that can use more help. With the government’s financial and administrative aid, these employees will hopefully be transitioned to these new companies with little difficulty.
Although the oyster company had to close, Mr. Salazar’s decision to establish Drakes Estero as a wilderness is an overall victory for Northern California. The estuary, and its many wild inhabitants, will be protected for years to come. Thank Ken Salazar for his decision.
Dear Mr. Salazar,
Thank you so much for establishing Drakes Estero as a marine wilderness. Your decision could not have been easy, and I applaud the care and attention you gave to all parties involved before announcing the fate of the estuary.
With this decision, you protect numerous wildlife species. Harbor seals, sharks, oysters, elk, and many other animals inhabit the areas in and around Drakes Estero. Now that the estuary is an official wilderness, these animals face fewer threats from human encroachment. They are protected, and will remain protected for years to come.
Furthermore, your efforts to compensate the workers of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company are admirable. The company has been farming Drakes Estero for decades, and the many staff members deserve new places of employment. If the government closes a business to protect the environment, the government must also help those who were dependent upon that business.
Again, thank you so much for your decision. Drakes Estero will now remain a beautiful natural home for its many wild inhabitants.
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