• 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 »

Fire Management Units: Headlands

Point Reyes Headlands by Sue Van Der Wal

Point Reyes Headlands

HEADLANDS (881 acres) - The Point Reyes Lighthouse bluffs and Chimney Rock area at the westernmost tip of Point Reyes comprise this FMU. It contains some areas of designated wilderness along the outer bluffs. Vegetation on the unit is dominated by grassland and patches of mixed coyote brush and coastal scrub. This FMU has been subject to intense grazing pressure from cattle in the past, and currently some areas continue to be grazed, while others have been excluded from grazing. Twelve plant species of management concern occur in this FMU; five of these are federal Species of Concern, one is state-listed as rare (Point Reyes blennosperma), and one is state-listed as endangered (Point Reyes meadowfoam - Limnanthes douglasii var. sulphurea). The Headlands harbor sensitive animal species such as brown pelican and Steller sea lions. Other sensitive animal species include nesting seabirds such as ashy stormpetrel. Marine mammals such as harbor seals are sensitive to human activities including low flying helicopters. Lands within this FMU receive very high levels of visitor use, and are popular for wildflower viewing in the spring.

Vegetation Map of the Headlands Fire Management Unit (Low-res HTML or High-res 508 KB PDF)

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Did You Know?

Fog-filled valley with yellow twilight glow over a ridge in the background. © John B. Weller.

The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...