• 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: Wilderness South

Forest near Fir Top

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.

Vegetation Map of the Wilderness South Fire Management Unit (Low-res HTML or High-res 699 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...