Point Reyes National Seashore celebrates 50

David Briggs
Cicely Muldoon and Lynn Woolsey helped plant coast live oaks at seashore headquarters during an anniversary ceremony last Saturday, September 8, 2012.
09/13/2012

Superintendent Cicely Muldoon and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey helped plant coast live oaks at seashore headquarters during an anniversary ceremony last Saturday—“to provide some shade 50 years from now.” Ms. Muldoon addressed the intimate crowd that had gathered on the overcast morning, asking, “How do we ensure the next generation makes the deep connection everyone here has made to this place? How do we nurture the next generation of conservation stewards, who will grow up having to tackle the challenge of climate change?” She concluded: “The real challenge is to plant a conservation ethic in the generation. Thank you all for being part of that. We can do it. We can do it. But just like the fight to save Point Reyes, it’s not going to happen by accident.” The superintendent thanked the Coast Miwok—the “original land stewards here”—ranchers, the families and friends of the seashore’s founders, Point Reyes National Seashore Association and her own staff. Her remarks were joined by those from Ms. Woolsey—who thanked the crowd for her 20 years of service “representing an area that has so many jewels, and the Point Reyes National Seashore is the jewel on the tiara, believe me!”—and Deb Callahan, executive director of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Above, John Dell’Osso, chief of interpretation and one of the most senior seashore employees, reminded the audience of this proverb before commencing the tree-planting: “If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a tree.” Above, 10-year-old Buddy Faure assists Mr. Dell’Osso.