Point Reyes National Seashore is currently developing the management plans or working on the projects listed below.
General Management Plan Amendment
On October 16, 2017, the National Park Service (NPS) began the planning process for a General Management Plan Amendment (GMP Amendment) for Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The GMP Amendment will update management guidance for more than 28,000 acres of NPS lands, including all lands currently leased for ranching. As part of this process, the NPS initiated a 30-day comment period on a conceptual range of management alternatives. The public was invited and encouraged to share their observations, concerns, and ideas about the information presented in the GMP Amendment newsletter (1,479 KB PDF) to help us focus the GMP Amendment on significant issues in the planning area. The information obtained during this public comment period will be used to refine the conceptual range of alternatives, identify issues, and ensure that we have the information needed to move forward in the planning process. The comment period was extended an addition week and ended on November 22, 2017. The NPS hosted two open house meetings during this comment period. The public was invited to attend these meetings to discuss their thoughts and ask NPS representatives any questions they may have.
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Improvement EA/IS Subsequent Initial Study
The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD), in cooperation with Marin County and the National Park Service (NPS), initiated a Subsequent Initial Study (IS) and public comment period to analyze changes to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Improvement Project. Since the Finding of No Significant Impact/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (FONSI/MND) was issued in August 2015, the FHWA-CFLHD had modified the Action Alternative to further improve conditions along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and to provide detail to the mitigation approach to compensate for impacts identified in the original EA/IS. The FHWA-CFLHD was also actively coordinating with Marin County and state agencies to mitigate upland riparian impacts. Changes to the Action Alternative included: (1) installing a bridge at Schooner Creek; (2) installing biotechnical bank stabilization along a segment of East Schooner Creek; (3) re-establishing a historic wetland at Drakes Beach and reconfiguring the parking lot; and (4) constructing two ponds to provide aquatic breeding habitat for the California red-legged frog. The comment period for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Improvement EA/IS Subsequent IS ended Thursday, November 6, 2017.
Winter Habitat and Floodplain Enhancement Project Environmental Assessment
In July 2016, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Park Service (NPS) reinitiated the public planning process for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Winter Habitat and Floodplain Enhancement Project on Lagunitas Creek. The project was proposed by the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD or the district) as part of the district's efforts to improve habitat for coho salmon and steelhead.
The project was originally divided into two staggered phases, based on funding initially being only available for Phase I. The NPS conducted a month-long scoping period for the Phase I project that ended on January 11, 2016. However, in the summer of 2016, the funding for implementation of Phase II was also secured by the district. Therefore, scoping was reinitiated and the EA addressed the combined Phase I and II project. MMWD acquired funding for improvements at ten sites, including eight sites on NPS lands, requiring NPS approval through a public NEPA planning process.
Public scoping is the first step to involve the public in the NEPA process. Its objective is to engage agencies, organizations, and the public early in the EA development process and to receive input on the proposed action, environmental issues that should be addressed in the EA, potential project alternatives, and sources of data that should be considered. The NPS encouraged comments on the project and requested that the public identify topics and concerns and alternatives to the proposal that should be considered in the EA. The public comment period was open until August 3, 2016. You can read additional project information and a summary of comments submitted on the Phase I project earlier in 2016 at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/lagunitas. More background information and supporting studies for the Winter Habitat and Floodplain Enhancement Project can be found on MMWD's Lagunitas Creek Watershed web page.
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Improvement EA/IS
The Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) with proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Improvement Project was available for public review and comment from July 15, 2015 to August 13, 2015. The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), in cooperation with Marin County and the National Park Service (NPS), has proposed improvements to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard within Point Reyes National Seashore. The project includes improvements to approximately 12 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from the intersection with Pierce Point Road to the intersection with Chimney Rock Road. The proposed improvements primarily consist of resurfacing, restoring, and rehabilitating Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in a manner that will closely follow the existing roadway. Funding for the project is currently programmed for 2018, but may be accelerated to 2016. Please note that a separate planning process for road improvements to Limantour Road, Chimney Rock Road, Lighthouse Road and other NPS maintained roadways and parking areas within Point Reyes National Seashore was concluded earlier in 2015 (see Road Maintenance and Improvement Projects at Point Reyes National Seashore below). The comment period for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Improvement EA/IS ended Thursday, August 13, 2015. Interested parties were invited to submit comments through the project planning website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=53489.
Coastal Dune Habitat Restoration Project
In 2012, the Seashore began to build upon an Environmental Assessment that was prepared for the Abbott's Lagoon Coastal Dune Restoration Project and expand the scope of its analysis to cover potential restoration efforts in other dune areas throughout the park. This Coastal Dune Restoration Environmental Assessment was released for public comment on Friday, January 9, 2015. The end of the comment period was Monday, February 9, 2015. On May 12, 2015, Point Reyes National Seashore issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (530 KB PDF) for the Coastal Dune Restoration Environmental Assessment.
Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a ranch planning process for the approximately 28,000 acres of working beef cattle and dairy ranches administered by Point Reyes National Seashore. The first step in the ranch planning process was initiation of public scoping. Scoping, which ran from April 21 through June 2, 2014, invited the public to comment so concerns were identified early and the analysis is focused on the issues raised. Point Reyes National Seashore hosted two community workshops for the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment on November 20 and 21, 2014. The meetings provided an update on the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan and solicited further thought and discussion from the public. For those who were unable to attend the meetings or who wished to submit additional comments, the NPS accepted written comments from November 17, 2014, to November 26, 2014.
Road Maintenance and Improvement Projects at Point Reyes National Seashore
The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Road Maintenance and Improvement Projects at Point Reyes National Seashore has been approved and is available at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. The FONSI documents the decision-making process used by the NPS, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, to select a strategy to rehabilitate 22 miles of paved park roads and parking areas based on the information and findings provided in the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project. The NPS posted the Road Maintenance and Improvement Projects EA to the PEPC website and solicited comments on the EA from July 17, 2014, to August 18, 2014. In addition to documenting the NPS decision on the proposal, the FONSI includes the listing of mitigation measures to be followed during project implementation and responses to public comments received during the public review period. Roads which will be repaved and improved as part of this this project include Limantour Road and Chimney Rock and Lighthouse roads.