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Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore

Laura Alice Watt and David Lowenthal


Point Reyes National Seashore has a long history as a working landscape, with dairy and beef ranching, fishing, and oyster farming; yet, since 1962 it has also been managed as a National Seashore. This book chronicles how national ideals about what a park “ought to be” have developed over time and what happens when these ideals are implemented by the National Park Service (NPS) in its efforts to preserve places that are also lived-in landscapes. Using the conflict surrounding the closure of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, the book examines how NPS management policies and processes for land use ... More

Keywords: Point Reyes National Seashore, National Park Service, Drakes Bay Oyster Company, land use, land protection, wilderness, conservation, public land, cultural landscape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277076
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Alice Watt, author
Sonoma State University

David Lowenthal, author