Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Stacey Schulte

Second Advisor

Dale Miller

Third Advisor

Kelly Simmons


This thesis discusses ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore as well as the social, economic, and environmental impacts that it has on the surrounding area. This project answered the question; “what is the purpose/goal of Point Reyes National Seashore, and how does agricultures fit into this purpose?” In order to understand this issue one must look at the historical context of the area and the National Park Service in general. This thesis explores the current issues in the Park and offered recommendations based on collected secondary research as well as responses from a survey released in the community. A four-step solution was necessary to combat current issues in the Park; these being the current lawsuit directed at the National Park Service, the Management of the Tule Elk Population, and the current lease agreement upon which the ranchers operate. The 4-step solution consists of 1) community involvement, 2) agro-tourism, 3) a revised General Management Plan, and 4) communication and compromise between all the sectors of the park.