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 »
Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement
On November 29, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued a decision that will allow the Drakes Bay Oyster Company's operating permit to expire at Point Reyes National Seashore in California according to its terms, and will return the affected area to wilderness. The decision also ensures that, in keeping with the historic use of the land, existing sustainable ranching operations within the national park will continue.
Final Environmental Impact Statement
The Draft EIS was available for public and agency review and comment between September 23, 2011, and December 9, 2011. An electronic copy of the Draft EIS was posted at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/PORE. Copies of the document were distributed to individuals, agencies, and organizations, and were available in local public libraries, at the public meetings, and upon request. This Final EIS provides responses to substantive agency and public comments, and incorporates those comments and suggested revisions, where necessary.
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PUBLIC COMMENTS
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
INITIAL PUBLIC SCOPING
PUBLIC SCOPING COMMENTS
The Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a useful resource for those that are not familiar with NEPA or Council on Environmental Quality Regulations. This 45-page guide, published in December, 2007, describes the NEPA process and provides information on how citizens can get involved.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...