Hi Joanne, all,
The story came from J. Quigley, I posted it in Sept. Here
is that post
Here is a story about activists who kept fighting even
after construction of a development had begun where roads were
paved,streetlights installed, and model houses built. Due to the courage
of America's Irish President John E. Kennedy and that group of
dedicated activists the Pt Reyes National Seashore in California was created.
The roads, streetlights, and model homes were all removed and made way
for the wildness which the National Park Service oversees today.
years activists worked to prevent a massive resort from being built at what
is now Pt. Reyes National Seashore in California. The
bulldozers began to
roll, and much of the area was graded - there are some amazing film photos in
Sheila Laffey's film, "The Last Stand" - she got them from some Sierra Club
archives. Everyone, of course, thought the struggle was over - but the
activists continued on with efforts to preserve this special place. John F.
Kennedy signed the legislation, creating Pt. Reyes National Seashore and Lady
Bird Johnson actually came out to dedicate the area, as I believe Pres.
Kennedy was assassinated not long after he signed the legislation that
included a unique solution of buying out all landowners who wanted, and
allowing some existing farms/dairies to stay on the Seashore lands. There
roads paved, streetlights installed and model houses built.
These structures were all removed and made way for the wildness which
National Park Service oversees today. A former City Councilman
in Huntington Beach, Ralph Bauer, told me this story. He and his
wife, Charlene, had bought one of the homes that were to be constructed,
and they gladly sold the house back to the National Park Service when
the Pt. Reyes National Seashore was created."
--from Marcia Hanscom
one of America's leading wetlands activists