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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: Palomarin

Eucalyptus trees at Palomarin

Eucalyptus trees at Palomarin

PALOMARIN (2,021 acres) - Beginning in the Philip Burton Wilderness Area near Double Point, this unit follows the coastline to the southeast to the U.S. Coast Guard property, then runs inland on the northeast side of Mesa Road. This unit supports primarily mixed coastal scrub and grasslands. The area flanking the Palomarin trailhead is characterized by an exceptional diversity of nonnative plants, including eucalyptus, French broom, cape-ivy (Delairea odorata), pittosporum (Pittosporum oblongata), periwinkle (Vinca major), Harding grass (Phalaris aquaticus), kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum), oblong spurge (Euphorbia oblongata), and others. Three plant species of management concern are located in the Palomarin FMU.

Vegetation Map of the Palomarin Fire Management Unit (Low-res HTML or High-res 562 KB PDF)

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Did You Know?

Bubblegum coral. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...