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 »
November 22, 2010 is the Deadline for Initial Public Comment on the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit EIS
Contact: Melanie Gunn, 415-464-5131
Point Reyes Station – The National Park Service (NPS) is beginning the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate potential issuance of a Special Use Permit for commercial oyster operations within Drakes Estero for a period of 10 years. The National Park Service opened the public comment period for initial scoping on October 8, 2010. This initial public comment period closes on November 22, 2010.
There are multiple ways for the public to comment during this scoping period. Three open house style public meetings are scheduled for next week at the following locations:
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Comments may also be submitted online or in writing. The preferred method for submitting comments is via the internet through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pore. From the main page, click on the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit EIS link, then on the "Open for Comment" link, select the Scoping Letter folder and then follow the directions to comment. Comments may also be mailed or hand delivered to:
Additional information on the scoping process is available at the park web site www.nps.gov/pore.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) regularly plunge to depths of 2000 feet to find food, but even far below the ocean's surface they are affected by warming temperatures and melting Antarctic ice. More...