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 »
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?
Coast Miwok people have lived in the Point Reyes vicinity for over 4,000 years. They lived in villages similar to Kule Loklo, which is located near the Bear Valley Visitor Center. More...