Point Reyes Fire Management Project Tours Offered in Conjunction with Wildfire Awareness Events in May

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Date: April 24, 2007
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133

Special events focusing on the importance of defensible space will take place throughout California during Wildfire Awareness Week, May 6-12.

Defensible space is the space between a structure and the surrounding vegetation which makes it possible for firefighters to safely defend a structure during a wildfire. It may also allow a structure to survive on its own. Defensible space on a landscape scale involves managing vegetation to create places in wildlands where a wildfire is easier to control.

Wildfire Awareness programs at Point Reyes National Seashore will take place on May 5 and May 19, from 10:00 am to 12:00. Each will begin with a 30 minute presentation at the BearValleyVisitorCenter, followed by a short field trip. Participants will learn about the park's fire management plan and how to create defensible space at home.

Saturday, May 5, 10:00-12:00- Point Reyes Fire Management -- Tree Thinning Projects

This program will emphasize fuel reduction in eucalyptus groves, and will provide an overview of a thinning project near the Palomarin Trailhead which will begin later this spring. We will visit a eucalyptus grove near the visitor center where work has been done in previous years.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00-12:00 – Point Reyes Fire Management -- Prescribed Fire Projects

This program will emphasize the use of prescribed fire to create fuel breaks in the OlemaValley and along Limantour Road. We will visit parts of the Limantour fuel break and compare areas of coyote brush that have been burned with areas that have not been burned.

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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