2014 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 »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »
Prescribed Fire in Olema Valley Scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 1997
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
A prescribed fire is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 and will begin at approximately 10:30 am. The fire will be on a 2 acre site located in the Olema Valley of the park near Hagmaier Ranch.
The prescribed burn is part of an ongoing effort by our resource management specialists to remove the invasive, non-native plant, scotch broom. Because control of the broom has been limited in the past, the quickly spreading plant has "crowded out" California native plants.
Prescribed burning has been an effective method in removing invasive plants from the Point Reyes National Seashore. Burning also provides other ecological benefits such as improved wildlife habitat, reduction of hazardous fuels, and an improved environment for native plant species.
The prescribed fire will only be conducted if weather and other conditions are favorable. The fire will be monitored and staffed by National Park Service personnel.
If conditions are not favorable, an alternate day for the prescribed burn will be scheduled.
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...