We and our partners are working on a variety of projects to conserve, restore, and rewild Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. And we support many other restoration projects around the Bay Area. Check back here for updates as we follow these issues.
Get Involved in Your Public Lands!
Point Reyes National Seashore and the northern District of Golden Gate National Recreation Area are undergoing a public comment period on their environmental review to amend the General management Plan for how the National Park Service manages these high-value lands. The comment deadline for the draft Environmental Impact Statement is September 23, 2019. Learn more from our Network and Get Involved!
Native bunchgrasses, wildflowers, and biodiversity can be seen in relict coastal prairies that are on the ungrazed fringes of cow pastures. This highly endangered plant community used to cover millions of acres of coastal California but is now hard to find in its pristine state. Explore the remnant prairies we found on Point Reyes National Seashore here. Learn more about Coastal Prairies.
Tule Elk in Point Reyes
The only National Park unit to harbor the endemic California tule elk, Point Reyes National Seashore is now in the midst of a controversy over cattle ranching versus native wildlife. These are your public lands: learn more about the threats to Tule Elk and get involved!
Tule Elk Story
Coming soon: ecological history of Tule Elk in California.
Coho salmon and steelhead trout once ran abundantly up the streams here from the Pacific Ocean. Only a few populations are left due to degradation of habitats and pollution of waters. Learn more about the threats to Salmon.
Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area are a fantastic place to view and photograph native wildlife: bobcats, badgers, coyotes, numerous bird species, black-tailed deer, and tule elk. Plus whales, seals, and elephant seals. These parks would be best managed for recreation and wildlife habitat, as the enabling legislation directed. Learn more about Wildlife Viewing.
Species at Risk
Point Reyes is a biodiversity hotspot for rare and protected species. Coho salmon, steelhead, California freshwater shrimp, rare butterflies, California red-legged frog, tricolored blackbird are some of the rare species threatened by ranching in the park. Why is the National Park Service not doing kore to conserve these species? Learn more about Species At Risk.
Out of sight, out of mind? Not with us. We are recording all the beef and dairy cattle impacts to natural and cultural resources from the ranches still remaining on our national park lands. You'd be surprised what these impacts are in a National Park unit. Manure management is a big problem, affecting water quality and beach pollution. But there is much more. Learn more about Cattle Impacts.
Water quality problems are rampant at Point Reyes and Tomales Bay, from erosion and sedimentation, to fecal coliform pollution and algal blooms due to excess cattle manure runoff. Learn more about Water Quality.
Many people, cities, groups, and nonprofits are dedicated to restoring coastal prairies, native plant communities, and native wildlife species to Bay Area open spaces and parks. Richmond is successfully restoring sensitive coastal prairies and rain gardens along railroad tracks in urban areas--these help absorb rainstorm flow into deep soils that contribute to clean waters. Why is Point Reyes National Seashore not following this modern trend when water is such a crucial issue in California? Learn more about native plant and animal Restoration.