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Saturday, November 14, 2015

As of Monday morning, the Bear Valley Visitor center will be closed for the week of November 16–20 while floors are refinished and new carpets are laid. Our staff will be posted outside under a white tent for questions, maps, camp permits, park business, etc., and answering the phones at 415-464-5100.

Marin County Department of Public Works is paving Bear Valley Road, and, according to lighted signs, this project also continues through the week. The equipment staging area and paving is currently between the park headquarters and Olema. The northern section and access to Limantour Road appear to be completed. Levee Road and Highway One provide throughways.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Subject: Sunday, November 15 - America Recycles Day (Computers, etc.)

Coming up this Sunday at Bear Valley Visitor Center is the annual collection of ewaste. Full details and hours may be found in the attached press release.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A mild meteor shower peaks between November 4 through 7. During the Taurid shower, 5 to 10 meteors per hour are typically visible in a dark sky. Better viewing will happen with the Leonid shower, which will peak about a week later around November 14 with 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

The annual mussel quarantine restrictions were lifted last weekend on Halloween. The season is typically from May 1 through the end of October.

The dab of rain last weekend is a reminder that we approach the coho salmon and steelhead trout spawning season. "A heavy dose of rain is needed!" Typically, the annual cohort (group) is waiting in the saltwater and when a flush of fresh rainwater comes through the creeks, they move up the creek. The returning cohort was last seen in the winter of 2012–2013 when 32 redds were recorded in Olema Creek and 25 in Redwood Creek. Hopefully, the rain will arrive!

New artwork in the Bear Valley Visitor Center is titled "The Park is Life." Produced by the Latino Photo Project, the artwork is on display through December.

Lots of activity around the Bear Valley Visitor Center, which is currently being pressure washed and stained, followed by new flooring/carpeting going in. The flooring project will change access to the building to the back entrance. Watch for signs as the project progresses.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open on Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day, from 9 am to 4:30 pm (holiday hours). The Visitor Center now closes at 4:30 pm (winter hours) during the standard time period.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Subject: Small vegetation Fire in Lagunitas

Aircraft and fire trucks are responding to a small fire described as "behind the Lagunitas School". Watch for additional traffic on Sir Francis Drake Highway.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers

Subject: Millerton Point Closure Order for Nov 1–18

Hi everyone,

Attached is a closure order (423 KB PDF) for Millerton Point at Tomales Bay [State Park] for November 1–18. During that time natural resource staff will be implementing a small scale restoration project. We will be removing invasive plant species from the area including small eucalyptus, salt cedar, acacia, pampas, and Himalayan blackberry, and will be doing some revegetation. We will have a contractor on-site Monday through Friday 11/2–11/6 and 11/9–11/13. The crew will be using chainsaws and a chipper and given the small area and the current use of the site we opted to close the area while the project was underway in order to protect visitors. We will instruct the contractors to use loud equipment (e.g., chainsaws) between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm to avoid noise impacts to residents on both sides of the bay. The closure also includes a few additional days in case we are delayed by weather or other factors, if there is a change in our schedule I will let you know ASAP.

There is also a media release (204 KB PDF) that will be distributed to media outlets tomorrow by headquarters, also attached. If you receive any inquiries regarding the project please direct them to me. Please forward this information as appropriate.

Thank you,

Bree Hardcastle
Environmental Scientist
Office 707-769-5665 ext. 207
Cell 707-337-0269
Bay Area District
845 Casa Grande Road
Petaluma, CA 94954

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Subject: Prescribed Fire near Dogtown

Today, Friday, October 23, the National Park is resuming a prescribed burn in the south area off Highway 1, near Dogtown and the McCurdy Trail to reduce exotic plants. Smoke may lie low across the highway due to weather conditions.

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Tottori University drift transponder.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Researchers from Tottori University in Japan are tracking tsunami debris by releasing brightly colored drift bottles (see photo to the right). If you come across one on local beaches, please follow instructions on how to contact the researchers.


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