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    Point Reyes

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  • Point Reyes Fire Management will be using heavy equipment on the Inverness Ridge Trail this week.

    A recreation advisory is in effect for hiking, horse riding, and biking along the Inverness Ridge Trail (aka Bayview Fire Road) during the week of September 14, 2014. Extra caution in this area is critical while work is in progress. More »

Coastal Watershed Restoration Program: Drakes Estero Road Crossing Improvement Project

The Drakes Estero Road Crossings Improvement Project includes a number of specific physical treatments within five coastal watersheds, all draining into the Drakes Estero system. This area is recognized as a part of the most intact and ecologically significant estuarine areas in the state of California. The restoration will provide for the return of the natural hydrologic regime in the Drakes Estero system and ultimately allow for the reintroduction and enhancement of endangered aquatic populations. The project area lies within the Central California Ecologically Sensitive Unit for the federally listed coho salmon and steelhead trout and contains habitat critical to these species' survival. During a storm in January 2006, six of the nine project sites experienced hydrologic failure that resulted in serious flood damage to adjacent structures, historic buildings and roadways, further highlighting the need to replace these structures as soon as possible. The project will restore five coastal watersheds within the park's wilderness area by removing facilities from wilderness and estuarine areas, and replacing existing road crossings with structures that allow for natural hydrologic process and fish passage for anadromous salmonids and other aquatic species.

In 2004, Point Reyes National Seashore proposed replacement or improvements to culverted road crossings at 6 locations within the Drakes Estero Watershed. The need for the project was to repair or replace existing road-crossing facilities in a manner that is sustainable ecologically and hydrologically, with infrastructure that will require less maintenance for long-term park operations. This Environmental Assessment evaluates the potential environmental consequences of three alternative strategies for implementing the Coastal Watershed Restoration - Culvert Replacement Project.

Finding of No Significant Impact - October 12, 2006 (1,356 KB PDF)

Environmental Assessment - October 13, 2004 (1,040 KB PDF)

Environmental Assessment Figures (4,099 KB PDF)

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Tule Elk

In the mid-1800s, the tule elk was hunted to the brink of extinction. The last surviving tule elk were discovered and protected in the southern San Joaquin Valley in 1874. In 1978, ten tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes, which now has one of California's largest populations, numbering ~500. More...