- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - A group of environmentalists is suing to stop thousands of cattle from continuing to graze a cherished national seashore in Marin County.

The Marin Independent Journal reports Thursday (https://bayareane.ws/1O4CCqc ) that three organizations filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the National Park Service.

The groups claim that the thousands of beef and dairy cattle allowed to roam part of the Point Reyes National Seashore erode land, pollute waterways and harm endangered salmon.

The groups say park officials are violating federal law by moving ahead with a plan to renew 20-year leases to ranchers without adequate environmental review.

Many of the cattle ranches in the park have been operated by the same families since the 1860s. Park officials say they have no plans to remove them.


Information from: Marin Independent Journal, https://www.marinij.com

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