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 Burns in Olema Valley Planned for Week of September 30, 2001
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore will conduct prescribed fires in the Olema Valley the week of September 30th if weather conditions allow. The areas planned for burns are along Highway One near the Five Brooks area and further south towards Dogtown. The goal of the program is to systematically reduce hazardous fuel loads and eliminate some non-native plant species. The burn in the Five Brooks area is approximately 30 acres in size, burns in the Hagmaier area total approximately 175 acres, and burns in the Dogtown area total approximately 115 acres. These areas will be burned in small sections and will probably take several days to conduct.
Additional prescribed fires are planned for different areas of the National Seashore during the next six weeks . The main objectives of this fire program are to reduce hazardous fuels, create fuel breaks, 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.
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 and local fire departments.
Interagency fire management information can be found on the FireNet website at www.nps.gov/fire.
Did You Know?
The Endangered Species Act turned 40 on December 28, 2013. 99 percent of the plants and animals protected by the ESA have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, brown pelican, gray whale, and peregrine falcon, all of which can be seen at Point Reyes. More...