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: Wilderness North
WILDERNESS NORTH (1,591 acres) - Douglas-fir forests interspersed with small open meadows characterize this FMU, which follows Inverness Ridge southeast from the Bayview Trail parking area to the Bear Valley Trail. The terrain is characterized by steep slopes that climb up from the east and west toward the central ridge. This FMU contains Mt. Wittenberg, the highest point in the planning area at 1,407 feet. Much of the unit is within the Philip Burton Wilderness Area. This unit also contains Sky Camp, a backcountry campground. Spotted owls are known to nest in this unit. This FMU supports one plant species of management concern – the California bottlebrush grass (Elymus californicus).
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In addition to raising sea levels and temperatures, the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing ocean chemistry by reducing the pH of the ocean. This decreased pH reduces the availability of minerals which marine organisms use to build shells and reef structures. More...