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I'm actually NOT confused about the provisions of the Wilderness Act -- I teach and research this stuff for a living. and yes, the oyster farm is a non-conforming use, which has contributed to the potential wilderness designation, and there is no legal definition of potential wilderness that required a non-conforming use to be removed as soon as legally possible. So, if a special use permit allowed the oyster farm to continue, the area could just remain as potential wilderness. There is no precedent being set here.
the argument that this decision would create precedent is inaccurate - the High Sierra camps in Yosemite are commercial operations located in areas designated as potential wilderness, and their lease has been extended & no discussion of closing them down. Also, Section 124 (Feinstein's legislation from 2009) specifically states that it applies only to PRNS and does NOT establish precedence anywhere else.
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