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.
Did You Know?
In the mid-1800s, the tule elk was hunted to the brink of extinction. The last surviving tule elk were discovered and protected in the southern San Joaquin Valley in 1874. In 1978, ten tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes, which now has one of California's largest populations, numbering ~500. More...