• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures

    From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »

  • 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended

    March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »

  • Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013

    The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »

What is Point Reyes Doing about Climate Change?

The human race collectively is facing one of its most important and urgent challenges in responding to the potential consequences of global climate change. Government, society, corporations and individuals must raise their awareness of the causes and outcomes of global climate change and become involved in reversing the current warming trend with its potential ecological, social and economic consequences. Reversing the current trend requires knowledge, understanding and the commitment of everyone to reduce energy usage and diminish carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. The National Park Service, as the nation's premier resource stewardship agency, needs to provide leadership by setting a good example through conservation and education in order to effect change in current national energy usage and carbon emission trends.

Point Reyes National Seashore intends to become a model of thoughtful and environmentally conscientious resource stewardship. The Seashore desires to promote public awareness of the need for society as a whole to act responsibly about conservation and energy use. The Organic Act which established the National Park Service calls for us to act so as to leave parks unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. Ignoring the likely impacts of global climate change on our parks or not acting soon to reverse them would be inconsistent with that mandate.

The Superintendent and park managers at Point Reyes National Seashore recognize that global climate change will have a significant effect on park resources. Managers are currently attempting to assess these impacts and how the National Park Service can mitigate or prevent the damage or loss of historic and natural resources. Many current research projects are taking a close look at these impacts.

Climate Friendly Parks
Global Climate Change Workgroup
A Few Green Points - Quarterly Sustainability Newsletter
Reducing emissions from transportation (coming soon)
Reducing emissions from buildings (coming soon)
Research (coming soon)

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On July 24, 2013, local community radio station KWMR aired an Epicenter: West Marin Issues broadcast in which host Marc Matheson interviewed Sara Hammond and Dale Dualan, the Engineering Technicians/Sustainability Coordinators at Point Reyes National Seashore. They discussed the pioneering work taking place at the National Seashore in addressing the effects of climate change—the park's sustainability outreach and education programs, composting and other waste diversion projects, energy management and conservation, water management and conservation, and alternative transportation projects.
Listen to the podcast - 60 minutes (14,063 KB .mp3)

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