Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
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?
Climate scientists warn that the safe upper limit for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations is 350 parts per million (ppm). For most of human history, atmospheric CO2 rarely exceeded 275 ppm--until the industrial revolution. As of 2013, atmospheric CO2 was ~396 ppm–-and rising 2 ppm/year. More...