Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Small Research Burns to Help Restore Endangered Plant on D-Ranch
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
A series of small research burns will be conducted on D-Ranch in Point Reyes National Seashore as part of a collaborative project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to restore the endangered Showy Indian Clover (Trifolium amoenum) to coastal grasslands. Clover fields were a food source for many California tribes, and were traditionally managed by small-scale, controlled burns in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to plant ecologist Diana Immel. Immel is the lead investigator in a multi-year project to reintroduce Showy Indian Clover to Point Reyes National Seashore near a site where the plant was collected in the wild during the early 1900's. Today, there is only one known remaining wild population which is on private property in Marin County.
In 2006, Immel began an experimental reintroduction of the plant to D-Ranch near Drakes Estero. The reintroduced plants have successfully regenerated in the Seashore, and another group of reintroduced plants will be treated with both fire and grazing to determine ways to help the population increase further.
National Park Service fire management staff plan to burn a series of fifteen 1 meter by 1 meter plots in metal burn boxes. Approximately one half acre or less will be burned in total. Burning is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, but the date may change based on weather conditions. To receive an email when the burn day is confirmed, contact the park at 415-464-5133 or by email.
Additional information about this project is also available on the USFWS Endangered Species Program website:
Did You Know?
Point Reyes has some of the greatest avian diversity of any U.S. national park, with more than 490 species of birds recorded (45% of species of birds in North America). More...