Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
Fire Management Units: Wilderness South
Forest near Fir Top
WILDERNESS SOUTH (2,297 acres) - This unit is largely comprised of designated wilderness land south of the Vedanta Society property. It follows Inverness Ridge south to just south of Mud Lake, and includes Firtop (1,324 ft). The unit also encompasses land southwest of Firtop, reaching to the coast at Wildcat Camp. Vegetation is dominated by dense stands of Douglas-fir with significant amounts of dead and downed material present. The southwest corner of the FMU also supports high quality stands of coastal scrub, including coffeeberry, California sagebrush, coyote brush, bush monkeyflower, and lizardtail. This FMU supports two plant species of management concern, Marin manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata), and California bottlebrush grass (Elymus californicus). Marin manzanita is fire dependent, and in the absence of fire, this stand has become unhealthy and cannot reproduce. Encroachment of Douglas-fir has also served to reduce direct sunlight and further the “decadent” status of the Marin manzanita population in this part of the park. Shrubs in these stands are old and not reproducing, or dead.
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Did You Know?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse was completed in 1870, 16 years after Congress initially appropriated funds for its construction. It still stands in its original location, having weathered over 140 years at what is considered to be the windiest, foggiest location on the US west coast. More...