September 2017 Book Selection

The Natural History Society book club’s selection for September 2017 is The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America by Summer Brennan.

The book club will meet on Monday, September 25, 3:30-5:00. For further information and location, contact Jean at

The Oyster War is the story of a long battle about wilderness protection of land in the Point Reyes, CA area, including Drakes Estero.  Included in that area was an oyster farm first established in the 1930s. The National Park Service informed the owner of the oyster farm that its lease would not be renewed past 2012, and the rancher vowed to keep the farm in business, even if it meant taking his fight to the Supreme Court.  Environmentalists, national politicians, scientists, and the Department of Interior all joined in the long battle that had the potential to influence the future of wilderness for decades to come.