Fire Management Units: Estero
ESTERO (1,638 acres) - The Estero FMU is located at the northern end of Drake's Estero, along the edges of Schooner and Home bays. This area supports primarily grassland and mixed coyote brush and poison-oak scrub habitats, with patches of wax-myrtle (Myrica californica) in seasonal drainages. A stand of Monterey pine occurs in the southeast corner of the FMU. The Seashore has been using prescribed fire and mowing treatments to control the non-native plant Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) in this FMU since 1993, and plans to continue with these treatments. Populations of Point Reyes mountain beaver occur in shrubby drainages within this unit. This species, although not federally listed, is of concern to Seashore managers as it is a rare species whose populations were significantly reduced by the Vision Fire in 1995. This FMU also supports nine plant species of management concern, five of these are federal Species of Concern.
Did You Know?
Marine biologists have identified nearly a third of all known marine mammal species in the waters surrounding Point Reyes. Blue whales and humpback whales feed here during spring and summer months. Gray whales migrate past our shores twice a year on their round trip from Alaska to Baja. More...