U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will visit Marin Wednesday as he weighs a decision -- due on or before Nov. 30 -- on the fate of a Point Reyes oyster farm.
Salazar is scheduled to visit the Drakes Bay Oyster Co., whose lease is in contention, and with Point Reyes National Seashore staff and those who want the oyster operation closed down.
The oyster farm has a lease allowing it to grow and harvest oysters in Drakes Estero, but the lease is set to expire at the end of the month.
The Point Reyes National Seashore has leaned toward returning the area to wilderness thereafter, but that is being contested by the oyster operation as well as outspoken supporters, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
A park service environmental report on the issue states that allowing the farm's permit to lapse would be the "environmentally preferred" option for the national seashore. But oyster backers say the operation is good for the environment and should be allowed to stay.