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 »
Fire Management Units
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, the park landscape has been divided into 11 fire management units (FMUs) based on geography, fuels management and habitat enhancement needs, and on values at risk. Ten of these FMUs are units that may be subject to fire management actions (prescribed burning or mechanical fuel reduction treatments). The eleventh FMU--the Minimum Management Unit--includes large areas of the park that would only be subject to vegetation clearing around buildings and along roads, and full suppression of all fires.
These FMUs were developed using Marin County's Fire Plan: A Wildland Fire Risk Assessment Model (MCF, 2000) and fire professional expertise. Many FMUs such as Inverness Ridge, Wilderness North, Wilderness South, Bolinas Ridge, Highway 1, Limantour, and Palomarin are strategically located to primarily treat the highest ranking fuels (secondarily, there are resource enhancement benefits). In the event of a wildland fire, these treated areas would provide a tactical advantage to firefighters. Their treatment with defensible space, fire road clearing for emergency evacuation, and wildland urban interface programs provide a systematic effort to protect life and property. Other FMUs such as Tomales Point, Estero, and Headlands have been established primarily for resource management reasons.
Did You Know?
According to a 2009 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, climate change will likely lead to an increase in extreme weather in the USA. Fortunately, there is still time to limit climate change by reducing emissions of heat-trapping pollution and taking other actions. More...