• 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 16.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 16. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 17.

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?

Harbor Seal Pup, © Sue Van Der Wal

Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are present in the waters of Point Reyes year round. Every spring, approximately 7,000 harbor seals, or 20% of the mainland California breeding population, haul out on the beaches of Point Reyes. Look for them in the esteros and in Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. More...