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Fall of the Wild: Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

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Photo assignment for Brink Magazine to accompany the story "Fall of the Wild."
A controversy has been roiling in Point Reyes. It is centered on the hundred-year-old Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. Local park service officials want to shut the operation when its permit expires in 2012; the owner and local farmers and ranchers want it to keep going, the last oyster cannery in California and, they add, a sustainable operation that actually cleans the water. It's a situation that pits strict preservationists against proponents of sustainable agriculture. As owner Kevin Lunny told me, "They want to sacrifice the environment in the name of conservation."