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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: Tomales Point

 
Tule Elk Herd

Tule Elk Herd on Tomales Point

TOMALES POINT (2,781 acres) - This unit encompasses all of the land on Tomales Point north of a fence from Tomales Bay to the Pacific Ocean (in place to create a Tule elk reserve.) It supports grassland, mixed coyote brush scrub, and dense bush lupine stands at the northern tip of the peninsula. In 1978, tule elk were reintroduced to Tomales Point, and in 2006 herd size was approximately 430 animals. Populations of ten plant species of management concern occur in this FMU; six of these are federal Species of Concern and one, Point Reyes blennosperma (Blennosperma nanum), is listed as rare by the state. The historic Pierce Ranch Complex, which has grounds that support a variety of associated invasive non-native plants (e.g., eucalyptus, cape-ivy) is within this FMU.

Vegetation Map of the Tomales Point Fire Management Unit (Low-res HTML or High-res 536 KB PDF)

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