Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 for Fall 2002
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
Point Reyes National Seashore will begin conducting a series of prescribed fires this fall as weather conditions allow. The controlled burns planned for this year are located in Beebe Ranch in Olema; two areas along Highway One; the Estero trailhead area; and an area along the Bolinas Ridge Trail.
The Beebe Ranch burn unit is 26 acres along Sir Francis Drake Blvd, near the intersection with Highway One in Olema. This will be the first burn and is scheduled for the week of September 30th. The goal of the Beebe burn is to reduce the fuel build up caused by the accumulation of grasses which die and regenerate annually. This will create a roadside safety zone along Sir Francis Drake and protection for the town of Olema. Many wildfires in the past have been started along roads, often caused by automobile sparks or unextinguished cigarettes.
The Highway One burn units are Strain Hill, 115 acres and McCurdy, 76 acres. These burns will also reduce fuel build up along Highway One to reduce wildfire hazards. The fuels at Strain Hill and McCurdy include non-native Scotch broom in addition to grasses and other shrubs.
The Estero burn units are located along both sides of the Estero Road on the McDonald and Murphy ranches, as well as the west side of Sir Fancis Drake Blvd. on the Rogers ranch. There are eight burn units totaling 423 acres in size. The goal of these burns is to eliminate non-native Scotch broom. The Estero burns are part of a research project to learn what temperatures are optimum for killing broom plants and their seeds. The Bolinas Ridge burn units are part of another study to determine the effects of fire on velvet grass. Velvet grass is an invasive non-native grass that is becoming an increasing problem in Washington, Oregon and California. The Bolinas Ridge burn units are the smallest, totaling 3 acres in size.
In addition to reducing fire hazards, and controlling non-native species, prescribed fire also provides other ecological benefits such as the recycling of soil nutrients and improved wildlife habitat.
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, and Inverness Volunteer Fire Department.
Burning will only be conducted if wind, air quality, and weather conditions are within appropriate guidelines.
Current information on the burn schedule will be posted in post offices at Olema, Point Reyes Station, Inverness, and Bolinas, as well as the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Did You Know?
As of 2012, Point Reyes National Seashore has installed solar panels on fifteen park buildings, from which the park receives close to 30 percent of the energy it uses. More...