CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Inner Tomales Bay
The Cal. Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from inner Tomales Bay. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December, reopening weekends and holidays on December 28. More »
Visitor Center Winter Hours
Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. More »
Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
Beginning Saturday, December 28, 2013, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard will be closed beyond the South Beach Road junction on weekends & holidays during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
Project to Protect Critical Dune Habitat near Historic A Ranch at Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
One of the main purposes for the establishment of Point Reyes National Seashore in 1962 was the preservation of "a portion of the diminishing seashore of the United States that remains undeveloped." Superintendent Don Neubacher stated that, "There are many critical resource issues facing park management today and through programs such as Marin Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps, we can achieve many of our park's goals."
Through a cooperative partnership with local ranchers, the Marin Conservation Corps, and the AmeriCorps program, Point Reyes National Seashore staff has determined a high priority project for dune habitat protection along the Point Reyes Headlands near the historic A Ranch. The project involves the construction of a fenceline to exclude grazing near the sensitive sand dune habitat. This area is habitat for sensitive plant and animal species including beach layia and Tidestrom's lupine (both Federally endangered), the western snowy plover (Federally threatened) and pupping ground for the northern elephant seal.
The assistance from both the Marin Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps have proven to be invaluable in this project. Marin Conservation Corps (MCC) is a Marin County based, non-profit group whose workers live and work in Marin County. MCC provides training, education, and work experience for young adults. Some past projects that MCC has worked on at Point Reyes include hazardous fuel removal around structures and removal of the non-native, invasive french broom. "MCC is pleased to be working on this collaborative project with the National Park Service and the AmeriCorps program," expressed Alison Dykstra, Development Director for MCC.
AmeriCorps, commonly referred to as "America's domestic Peace Corps," is the national service program created with bipartisan support from Congress and President Clinton as part of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, to tackle America's toughest problems in public safety, education, human needs, and the environment. Some past projects that AmeriCorps has focussed on at Point Reyes include the mapping and removal of non-native plants and trail rehabilitation and construction.
Did You Know?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...