• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 26.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 26. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 27.

Wildland-Urban Interface

The Wildland-Urban Interface along the park's border.

The wildland-urban interface is where natural areas border human communities.

This wildland-urban interface has become a major focus for fire management. Hazardous fuels reduction to reduce wildland fire hazards, and education about fire safety and fire ecology are high priorities. Fuels reduction and fire education are aimed at reversing trends of increased losses of homes, human-caused ignitions, and damage to natural and cultural resources.

The Wildland-Urban Interface Initiative (WUII) was authorized by Congress in 2001 in conjunction with the National Fire Plan. It provides funding to reduce hazardous fuels on federal lands and assist communities with wildland fire protection. Community partnerships with land management agencies are emphasized in this initiative. WUII funding is allocated through both the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture.

The National Park Service has formed a cooperative agreement with FIRESafe MARIN, to identify and fund community wildfire protection projects in developed areas bordering Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate NRA.

See also:

Community Wildfire Protection Projects
Fire Education

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Did You Know?

Four tidewater gobies (small brackish-water fish) in a hand. Credit: Cassandra Brooks/NPS.

Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...