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Point Reyes National Seashore: Whales, Elephant Seals and Adventure

January 26, 2012, 11:12 am
Located in Marin County just north of San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore offers a chance to escape to fresh air, ocean breezes and, if you’re lucky, some incredible whale and elephant seal sightings! In addition to hiking trails, backcountry campgrounds, and numerous beaches that offer year-round recreation, the seashore ...

National Park Service will help keep two California State Parks Open

October 18, 2011, 8:06 am
California State Parks Within National Park Boundaries in Marin County Will Stay Open Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor state parks, on the list of California state parks to be closed in 2012, will be kept open, though on reduced schedules, through agreements signed this week by the National Park ...

Species Spotlight: Gray Whale

February 18, 2011, 10:13 am
Pacific gray whales are one of the largest mammals on earth and a vital part of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem. Point Reyes National Seashore is an excellent place to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The best times to spot the whales are in January and March ...

San Francisco & Golden Gate Recreation Area: Places to Experience Parks

February 17, 2011, 1:16 pm
San Francisco is famed for its Painted Ladies, Chinatown, Golden Bridge and glorious bay. However, there is much more to this town than Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street. Check out some of the exciting outdoor activities that San Francisco has to offer. Within the greater San Francisco area there are ...

Park Service taps Sausalito woman to head Point Reyes National Seashore

April 27, 2010, 2:59 pm
A Marin native and Sausalito resident has been tapped as superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Cicely Muldoon, 44, is expected to take over the post in mid-May, replacing Don Neubacher, who took the superintendent post at Yosemite National Park earlier this year. "I feel like I won the lottery," ...

California Cuisine: Cowgirl Creamery

April 21, 2010, 3:28 pm
Originally located an hour north of San Francisco and a short drive from Muir Woods National Monument, Cowgirl Creamery offers the perfect stop on any trip through Point Reyes National Seashore. Cowgirl Creamery began as two friends started their foray into cheese making. Since its founding in a small barn ...

Missing Nicasio woman an 'icon' of Angel Island park docents

January 26, 2010, 8:21 am
Foul play is not suspected in the disappearance Sunday of a Nicasio woman at Point Reyes National Seashore, authorities said. Search crews on Monday continued to hunt for Silvia Lange, 77, a docent beloved by hiking enthusiasts and colleagues at Angel Island State Park. Lange has not been seen since Saturday ...

Take the bus to see the Whales and Seals at Point Reyes National Seashore

December 17, 2009, 10:01 am
2010 Shuttle Bus Transportation System Begins as Whales and Seals Arrive!   As the gray whales migrate past Point Reyes National Seashore and the elephant seals return to the Point Reyes Headlands, so do lots of visitors. This means increased traffic on the narrow roadways and in the small parking lots—especially ...

Interior bill includes Point Reyes oyster farm provision

November 4, 2009, 11:06 am
A new federal law allows Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to decide whether a Marin County oyster farm can continue operations within the Point Reyes National Seashore after its permit expires in 2012. The $32.2 billion appropriations bill, which President Obama signed into law Friday, included the provision at the request of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a ...

Debate Flares on Limits of Nature and Commerce in Parks

November 2, 2009, 7:26 am
It seems a perfect marriage of nature and commerce. As boats ferry oysters to the shore, pelicans swoop by and seals pop their heads out of the water.But this spot on the Point Reyes National Seashore has become a flashpoint for a bitter debate over the limits of wilderness ...

Legislation would extend oyster operation in Bay Area national park

June 24, 2009, 6:51 am
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday attached a rider to a spending bill that would allow California's largest commercial shellfish farm to continue operating in a Bay Area national park. Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has been battling the National Park Service to extend its business operation beyond a 2012 federal ...

Species Spotlight: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

April 6, 2009, 1:35 pm
These shy, curious creatures call the chilly Pacific waters off the coast of California home. Visitors often catch glimpses of their heads bobbing in the coastal waters or see groups of them sunning themselves on the shores. In addition to the coastal waters of California, harbor seals live in ...

National Park Service Scientist Caught Spreading False Environmental Data

October 9, 2008, 12:35 pm
A senior science advisor with the National Park Service (NPS) knowingly used false scientific data to overstate the environmental impact of a family-run oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore, on the Pacific Coast 30 miles south of San Francisco, California, a U.S. Department of the Interior investigation ...

Park, oyster grower agree to terms

April 28, 2008, 11:50 am
After years of wrangling, Marin's largest oyster grower and the National Park Service have reached an agreement that resolves many of their long-standing differences, but leaves a key conflict unsettled. "Both sides are very happy to have the document signed so that we can move forward," said John Dell'Osso, ...