Fiscal Year 2003 Budget and Annual Performance Plan for Point Reyes National Seashore Available
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Park Superintendent Don Neubacher today announced that this popular Bay Area national park has recently completed its Annual Performance Plan and budget for Fiscal Year 2003 as required by the “National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998.”
Point Reyes National Seashore is responsible for the long-term management of over 71,000 acres in Marin County, including an additional 18,000 acres of the northern district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Last year, 2.4 million people visited Point Reyes. Point Reyes’ annual operating budget is $4.9 million for Fiscal Year 2003 and equates to approximately $2.04 per visitor.
Highlights of the park’s budget, that fund specific goals in the annual performance plan include:
The park contains over 900 species of plants and 65 species of mammals including the elusive mountain lion and the largest mainland breeding colony of harbor seals in California. The park has 27 listed endangered or threatened species within its boundaries; this list includes the northern spotted owl, western snowy plover, Sonoma spineflower, and California red-legged frog. Extensive research on elephant seals, tule elk, the threatened red-legged frog, and coho salmon is now being conducted.
The cultural resources include approximately 300 historic structures, 490,000 museum collection objects, 120 archeological sites, and eleven cultural landscapes. Also, included are the Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, a national historic landmark; the nationally significant Point Reyes Lighthouse Complex; and the statewide significant historic ranch complexes such as Pierce Ranch.
Approximately 700,000 people a year visit the park’s three Visitor Centers. The Bear Valley Visitor Center provides the primary means for visitors entering Point Reyes National Seashore to obtain both essential and enriching information enabling them to have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience in the park. All interpretive facilities offer opportunities for visitors to obtain in-depth information on natural and cultural resources found in the park and to become familiar with ecological and environmental principles. An education curriculum provides hands-on activities that enable students to understand and appreciate the resources found at Point Reyes.
A copy of Point Reyes’ complete annual performance plan, prepared in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), is available by writing to Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 ATTN: Annual Plan, or on the web at www.nps.gov/pore/pphtml/facts.html and click on Annual Performance Plan Fiscal Year 2003.
These long-term strategic plans look at issues such as natural and cultural resource preservation and protection and management of special status species, visitor and educational services, public facility operations and maintenance, administration, and construction.
The goals described in these plans are derived from the 1997 National Park Service Strategic Plan which establishes a performance management process for the National Park Service and incorporates the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act.