There are 3 prescribed fire projects planned at Point Reyes National Seashore for September-October 2014:
1) Strain Hill Prescribed Fire - approximately 115 acres - along Highway 1, south of Olema
2) Estero Prescribed Fire - approximately 200 acres - on N Ranch near Drakes Estero
Work will also continue on the following multi-year projects:
**RECOVERY ACT FUEL REDUCTION PROJECTS**
Funding provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act enabled crews to work on a series of hazardous fuel reduction projects from November 2009 through September 2010.
See an example of a thinning treatment (265 KB PDF).
Fire plays a significant role in the ecosystems at Point Reyes National Seashore. The fire regime has varied over time in response to both climatic changes and human activity. Fire history at Point Reyes has been shaped by lightning, as well as by the land management practices of Native Americans, ranchers, loggers, and most recently, the National Park Service.
The goals of the Point Reyes Fire Management Program are:
The Point Reyes Fire Management Program is part of the San Francisco Bay Area Network.
Did You Know?
In the mid-1800s, the tule elk was hunted to the brink of extinction. The last surviving tule elk were discovered and protected in the southern San Joaquin Valley in 1874. In 1978, ten tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes, which now has one of California's largest populations, numbering ~500. More...