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.
Vision Fire Symposium: Five Years Later
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
October 14, 2000
From its beginning on October 3rd, 1995 near Mount Vision, until containment on October 7th, the fire burned nearly 12,000 acres of private, state, and federal lands. Thirty-five mph winds quickly transformed a small fire ignited by the smoldering remains of an illegal campfire into a firestorm. Forty-four homes in the town of Inverness Park were consumed in the first twenty-four hours of the blaze. Due to the nature of the landscape and the proximity to private lands and property, the decision was made immediately to fight this fire aggressively.
Since that time, numerous scientific studies have been conducted within the Seashore, some of which have yielded unsuspecting results. This Saturday, several researchers will report on their findings five years after the Vision Fire.The presenters and their topics include:
Thomas Bruns, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Geoffrey Geupel, Point Reyes Bird Observatory
Laurel Collins, Estuary Institute
Amy David, San Francisco State University
Barbara Holzman, Ph.D. & Karen Folger, San Francisco State University
Jerry Powell, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Gary Fellers, Ph.D. & David Pratt, USGS, Biological Resources Division
For more information, please contact Bill Shook at (415) 663-8522, ext. 243.
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