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 »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. 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 »
National Park Service to Initiate Public Process to Evaluate a 10-year Permit for Commercial Oyster Operations within Drakes Estero
Contact: Melanie Gunn, 415-464-5131
The National Park Service (NPS) announced that it will develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate potential issuance of a Special Use Permit for commercial oyster operations within Drakes Estero. This process follows recent legislation that allows the Secretary of Interior to issue a Special Use Permit for a period of 10 years. The existing Reservation of Use and Occupancy and associated Special Use Permit held by Drakes Bay Oyster Company expires in November 2012.
The NPS anticipates completion of the environmental review process by summer 2012. Although this is a short timeline for completing an EIS, the NPS is committed to broad public engagement. Public outreach during all phases of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process will be critical, and will include web updates, newsletters, public meetings and media coverage. The NEPA process provides numerous opportunities for public participation over the next 21 months.
The first opportunity for comment is during the initial scoping period anticipated for October 2010. The initial scoping will include public meetings, to be held in late October. The public will be encouraged to comment through a dedicated website on the purpose, need, objectives, or any other issues associated with potential issuance of a 10 year permit. Exact times and locations of these public scoping meetings will be announced soon.