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 »
More Prescribed Burns Planned for the Next Few Weeks in Olema Valley
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
Fire Management staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are planning up to three days of controlled burning over the next several weeks along Highway One in the Olema Valley. The first of these burns is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, but the date could change based on weather conditions. The three units to be burned make up a total of approximately 170 acres on the east side of Highway One, approximately 8 miles south of Olema, between the Randall Trail and Dogtown. These burns are part of a strategy to maintain a fuel break along the Highway One corridor where the chance of vehicle-ignited wildfire is high. Similar fuel breaks are being developed along Limantour Road, Bolinas Ridge, and the Bayview Fire Road. The target burn rotation for the Highway One burn units is every other year to reduce the invasive French broom population and maintain open grasslands in between large areas of dense forest on Bolinas Ridge and Inverness Ridge.
No road or trail closures are anticipated, however, there may be short traffic delays along Highway One while burning is in progress. Short term smoke impacts are expected in the Olema Valley and may affect Bolinas, Stinson Beach and the San Geronimo Valley as well.
To receive an email when the burn days are confirmed, contact the fire education office at 415-464-5133 or by email.
Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...