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 Planned in the Estero Trailhead Area the Week of November 5, 2001
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore will begin conducting a series of prescribed fires in the Estero trailhead area the week of November 5th as weather conditions allow. The areas planned for burns are along both sides of the Estero Road on the McDonald and Murphy ranches, as well as west of Sir Francis Drake Highway on the Rogers ranch. The goal of these burns is to eliminate the non-native plant species Scotch broom. In order to be successful in eliminating Scotch broom, repeated burning may be necessary in future years. There are eight burn units totaling approximately 423 acres in size. These units will be burned in sections and will probably take several days to conduct.
To complete this prescribed fire program, National Park Service fire personnel will be working in cooperation with other local fire agencies, including 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 fires will be monitored and staffed by National Park Service and local fire department personnel.
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