Point Reyes Celebrates World Oceans Day, June 8, 2012
Contact: John Golda, 415-464-5136
Point Reyes, California - The oceans are key to the health and the success of the Earth. In recognition of their importance, President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as National Oceans Month. "Healthy oceans, coasts, and waterways are among our most valuable resources--driving growth, creating jobs, and supporting businesses across America," said President Obama. Join us at Point Reyes National Seashore as we celebrate National Oceans Month and World Oceans Day on Friday, June 8, 2012.
"The oceans are critical to the survival of life on this planet. Somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the oceans. That's more than all of the rainforests combined," says Cicely Muldoon, the Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore. "The ocean has an elemental beauty and power. One can't walk along its edge without being in awe of what it does for us."
The Point Reyes National Seashore, the only National Seashore on the Pacific Coast, was created by Congress in 1962, as a means to protect some of California's undeveloped coastline. And with 80 miles of spectacular shoreline, it is the perfect place to appreciate the role the ocean plays in our lives. The ocean has influenced the region's rich cultural history, the tremendous diversity of native plants and wildlife--more than 1,000 species--and the extraordinary recreational opportunities on nearly 150 miles of trails, backcountry campgrounds, and wild beaches.
The park, an important link in a chain of protected areas, shares boundaries with the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, Tomales Bay State Park, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Combined, these places constitute one of the five most productive off-shore regions on Earth.
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