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: Bolinas Ridge
BOLINAS RIDGE (2,381 acres) - This long, linear unit stretches from Olema, east along Sir Francis Drake Blvd, then turns south and follows Bolinas ridge to the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. The northern half of the unit contains grasslands grazed by cattle. Drainages within this area support mixed scrub, hardwood woodlands, and some Douglas-fir. The southern half of the unit supports primarily Douglas-fir and redwood forests, hardwood forests, and mixed scrub plant communities. At the southern end, the FMU supports a dense stand of maritime chaparral that supports two rare species - Marin manzanita and Mason's ceanothus (Ceanothus masonii). The latter species is a federal Species of Concern and is state-listed as rare.
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Did You Know?
Climate scientists warn that the safe upper limit for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations is 350 parts per million (ppm). For most of human history, atmospheric CO2 rarely exceeded 275 ppm--until the industrial revolution. As of 2013, atmospheric CO2 was ~400 ppm–-and rising 2 ppm/year. More...