Help Create Marine Wilderness History at Drakes Estero!
Drakes Estero is a unique and remote estuary within the Point Reyes National Seashore in California that is home to protected species of birds, fishes and marine mammals. It drains into Drakes Bay, a sanctuary for endangered leatherback sea turtles that migrate across the entire Pacific Ocean to reach abundant jellyfish blooms. However, plans approved by Congress to expand marine wilderness protections throughout this sensitive habitat are uncertain.
Your Support Needed for Finalizing Wilderness Transformation
The Point Reyes Wilderness Act passed in 1976 laid plans to complete a full transformation of Drakes Estero into pristine marine wilderness during 2012. Only a small portion of the sensitive wetlands is currently protected. With strong public support, the promises made to preserve the entire expanse of wetlands over thirty years ago will be realized.
A Sanctuary for Sea Turtles and Marine Mammals
Drakes Bay is part of the Leatherback Conservation Area created through tireless advocacy by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and is proposed as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles. Expanding marine wilderness habitat protections throughout the Drakes Estero will benefit biodiversity of the interconnected estuarine and marine ecosystems.
Sign the petition below in support of finalizing Wilderness Act protections for the entire Drakes Estero within the Point Reyes National Seashore.