Defiant oyster farmer Kevin Lunny is fighting back against the decision last week by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to allow the farm’s permit to operate in Point Reyes National Seashore to expire. With that edict, the 2,200-acre portion in Drakes Estero will be managed as federal wilderness.
There was little chance that Lunny would accept Salazar’s ruling, and this week the Washington, D.C.-based government accountability group Cause of Action announced its intention to sue the National Park Service on Lunny’s behalf.
Executive director Dan Epstein said, "We aim to hold the National Park Service accountable for their treatment of the Lunny family and the Drakes Bay Oyster Company as we view their actions as a disregard for law and precedent that demands accountability."
In a statement, Lunny said that his "dedicated small family farm" had been "steam rolled" by the federal government and that he was suing in order to look out for the "welfare of our community."