Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:16 AM by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is shutting down an historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore so the area can be returned to wilderness.
Salazar said on Thursday he would not renew the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease that expires at the end of the month. The move will bring a close a years-long environmental battle over the site.
Salazar visited the oyster farm last week and said he believes the treasured landscape should be returned to wilderness for future generations to enjoy.
The decision came after company supporters such as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the facility should be saved because it is a key part of the rural economy.
But environmentalists and park officials say the operation threatened nearby harbor seals and other native species.
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