2003 Prescribed Burn Season Planned for Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Prescribed fire is used at Point Reyes National Seashore to reduce hazardous fuels, control invasive plants, enhance biological diversity, and preserve cultural landscapes. An informational brochure on the park’s prescribed fire program was mailed to all box holders in West Marin last week. The burns here are typically very small and rarely exceed a few hundred acres in total. All burns are conducted under safe prescriptions and approved in advance through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Some of the burns that will be conducted during the month of October are outlined as follows:
The first burn is planned for the week of October 6, 2003 near Drakes Beach. As in the past, National Park Service staff will receive assistance from numerous partners including Marin County Fire Department, Inverness, Nicasio, and Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Departments, Bolinas Fire Protection District, Marin Municipal Water District, and others.
Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...