Who We Are

Environmental Preservation Advocates

The team at Reclaim Restore Point Reyes are united by a shared passion for environmental preservation and advocacy. Led by Deborah “The Elkster” Goldeen, we combine scientific expertise, hands-on environmental work, and strategic insights. Advisors Eric Mayer and George Wuerthner bring deep knowledge in hydrology, ecology, and public land management. Together, we work tirelessly to protect and restore the natural beauty of Point Reyes, ensuring its ecological health for future generations.

Deborah "The Elkster" Goldeen, Program Manager

Deborah Goldeen studied biochemistry at UCSC, homeschooled her two children and ran an immersive riding and horse education program. After retiring from teaching in 2019, she became aware of the tragedy of the tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore on her first visit to Tomales Point in 2021. Then, seeking and failing to find an advocacy group that was effectively addressing these issues, she decided to found Reclaim Restore Point Reyes.

Eric Mayer, Advisor

Eric is a long-time hiker and fan of the natural wonders of the Point Reyes National Seashore, with a particular fondness for the tule elk. He has a PhD in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford and has a deep understanding of how cattle ranching is affecting the streams that flow into the ocean from the peninsula. He currently lives in Sonoma and works at a biochar company.

George Wuerthner, Advisor

George is an ecologist who has been studying predators and public land management for four decades. He is the former director of Foundation for Deep Ecology and is currently the executive director of Public Lands Media, which publishes The Wildlife News. George is the author of 38 books on environmental issues and natural history including “Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West”.