Summer Brennan

The Oyster War

Summer Brennan

Talk: The Oyster War

In 1976, the Point Reyes Wilderness Act granted the highest protection in America to more than 33,000 acres of California forest, grassland and shoreline - including Drakes Estero, an estuary of stunning beauty. Inside was a small, family-run oyster farm first established in the 1930s. A local rancher bought the business in 2005, renaming it The Drakes Bay Oyster Company. When the National Park Service informed him that the 40-year lease would not be renewed past 2012, he vowed to keep the farm in business even if it meant taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Environmentalists, national politicians, scientists, and the Department of the Interior all joined a protracted battle for decades to come.

Summer Brennan

Summer is an award-winning investigative journalist and author and recipient of the 2016 Matthe was longtime communications consultant at the United Nations, working on special political issues from 2008 to 2010 and on disarmament and international security from 2011 to 2015. Other UN projects include work on the environment, gender, human rights, and the UN Global Ebola Response.