Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
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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 »
Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project: Summary of Construction Under Phase I and II
summary of construction under phase I and II includes:
Construction efforts aimed at restoring the former Waldo Giacomini Ranch to wetland were largely complete as of December 2008. However, this does not mean that restoration or construction is entirely complete. Additional construction may occur in future years in the Giacomini Ranch and Olema Marsh should the National Park Service (NPS or Park Service) and Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) be able to secure additional funding. These restoration activities include continued restoration of hydraulic connectivity in Olema Marsh and further lowering of high elevation areas in the Giacomini Ranch, as well as continued treatment and retreatment of non-native invasive plant species. In addition, the Park Service continues to seek funding to implement the public access portion of the project.
Restoration, too, is an ongoing process. While the bulldozers and excavators may be gone, the process of restoring these diked and altered systems to fully functional marshes is just beginning and will continue to unfold into the future. Please see our Restoration web page for updates and information on the status of the restoration process.
Construction of the restoration component of the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project was implemented in two principal phases-Phase I in fall 2007 and Phase II in summer and fall 2008.
Phase I, which spanned from September 2007 through December 2007, principally involved removal of agricultural infrastructure and conditions and creation of special status species habitat.
Phase I included:
The second and largest phase of the project was Phase II, which ran from July 2008 through December 2008. Phase II focused on marshplain and floodplain restoration.
Phase II included:
More detailed descriptions of Phase I and Phase II components, as well as revegetation and invasives removal efforts, can be found by selecting a link below. Download the Project Restoration Map (1,560 KB PDF), which shows all the restoration and public access components for both Phase I and II. Graphics showing revegetation and invasives removal efforts can be found in later pages of this section.
Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA), which acted as the contracts manager, brought on Winzler & Kelly Engineers (Santa Rosa, Calif.) to oversee construction of Phase I and II in the field. PRNSA helped to raise most of the monies for this project and managed the construction portion in collaboration with the Park Service. Argonaut Construction of Santa Rosa, Calif., was the construction contractor for Phase I, while Hanford ARC of Sonoma, California, was the construction contractor for Phase II.
Click on a link before to learn more about the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project:
Citations for the Summary of Construction Under Phase I and II pages:
Jennings, M. R. and M. P. Hayes. 1990. Status of the California red-legged frog Rana aurora draytonii in the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve. Contract Report prepared for California Department of Fish and Game, Resource Protection Division, Sacramento, California. Contract (4-823-9018):l-30.
KHE (2006a). Hydrologic Feasibility Assessment Report: Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project. Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes Station, California, Prepared for Point Reyes National Seashore.
Parsons, L. and L. Allen (2004). Vegetation Communities Report: Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project. Point Reyes Station, California, Golden Gate National Recreation Area / Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Did You Know?
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...