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 »
Six More Fuel Reduction Projects Receive Funding through the Wildland-Urban Interface Program
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
The National Park Service announced today that six additional community partnership projects will receive funding this fiscal year to achieve greater wildland fire protection in the vicinity of Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and neighboring open space lands.
The following projects have been approved for funding:
These projects are a collaborative effort to reduce fuels and protect communities from wildland fire. Throughout the interagency fire service, protection of human life is the foremost objective, followed by the protection of property. Administration of these projects is accomplished through a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and FIRESafe MARIN, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing wildland fire hazards and improving fire safety awareness in Marin County, California. The environmental planning for the projects is coordinated by the National Park Service.
Federal funding for these projects is provided through the Wildland-Urban Interface Program, a component of the National Fire Plan. Since 2001, approximately $2.5 million dollars has been allocated for wildland fire protection in communities located near parklands in Marin County. The National Fire Plan focuses on reducing hazardous fuels in places where fuel accumulation threatens communities and wildlands with increased potential for wildfire.
Ken Massucco, Chief of Marin County Fire Department stated, "The key to structure survivability is creating adequate defensible space. These projects not only increase the chances of saving homes, but protect our firefighters and citizens. The Wildland-Urban-Interface Program has helped fire agencies in Marin to enhance the safety of their communities.”
Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore, added, “We will continue to work with our partners to identify our shared fire protection needs, and do everything we can to get support for this program.”
For more information on the National Fire Plan, please visit www.fireplan.gov.
Did You Know?
Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are present in the waters of Point Reyes year round. Every spring, approximately 7,000 harbor seals, or 20% of the mainland California breeding population, haul out on the beaches of Point Reyes. Look for them in the esteros and in Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. More...