Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:
Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 26.
We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 26. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 27.
Prescribed Fire Program for 1998 Underway at Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore initiated its 1998 prescribed fire program yesterday, when 60 acres were burned at Limantour Beach. The goal of the program is to systematically reduce hazardous fuel loads and eliminate some non-native plant species. Due to an unpredictable and sudden change in wind direction, smoke was blown over Inverness Ridge and into nearby communities. Overall, the burn was a complete success and efficiently carried out by Marin County Fire Department, Inverness Volunteer Fire Department, and National Park Service crews.
Additional fires throughout different areas of the National Seashore will be ongoing during the next month. Some of the locations include Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Mount Vision, and Bolinas Ridge. The main objectives of this fire program are to reduce hazardous fuels and remove non-native vegetation. To complete this prescribed fire program, the National Park Service has developed a specialized fire management team which works in cooperation with Marin County Fire Department.
The prescribed burn is part of a strategic multi-year effort by the National Park Service to reduce hazardous fuel loads and remove invasive, non-native plants such as scotch broom. Because control of non-native plants has been limited in the past, non-native plants have quickly spread and "crowded out" California native plants. In addition, because fire has been suppressed in the past, heavy fuel loads have increased and need to be systematically reduced over time to reduce fire danger. Some of the prescribed fires planned this fall, for example the Mount Vision burn, will reduce the fuels between park lands and adjacent private property.
Burning also provides other ecological benefits such as improved wildlife habitat and an improved environment for native plant species.
The prescribed fires will only be conducted if weather and other conditions are favorable. The fire will be monitored and staffed by National Park Service personnel.
Did You Know?
40 percent of all debris items picked up during California Coastal Cleanup Days are cigarette butts. In 2008, volunteers picked up over 340,000 of them in only three hours. 2008 was the 24th straight year in which cigarette butts were the most numerous debris item picked up. More...