September 22, 2020

Dear Friends,

Do you want to know how the Woodward Fire will affect the Point Reyes National Seashore? How bad was the fire damage? What does it look like now? How long will things take to grow back? How will the fire damage affect the Seashore and public access? How will it affect youth education and science research?
In just a few short days in mid-August, the Woodward Fire began, grew, spread and soon closed Bear Valley. This was horrible for the flora, fauna, and the public.
For us at the not-for-profit Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA), the closures caused by the Woodward Fire posed an additional challenge: Bear Valley is where PRNSA holds Dinner on the Pacific Plate (DOPP) – this is our biggest community event and fundraiser of the year! 
Suddenly overnight every detail of every plan we had made for the 2020 DOPP was up in smoke. It was a sad time for all of us. Smoke was everywhere. As if all the hardships caused by COVID-19 weren't bad enough…. 
“What will we do?” asked members of the Board and Staff. “Should we cancel DOPP? How will we manage? If we cancel, how will we survive without the generosity of our community of supporters?”
And then, almost like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie, the answer appeared, swirling amidst the lingering smoke of the Woodward Fire.  “If you can’t fix it, feature it.”   (Perhaps the most famous example of this adage is the (Leaning) Tower of Pisa – and if it works for Pisa, it can work for PRNSA!) With that, we stopped trying to “fix” the problems caused by the Woodward Fire and instead to “feature” the fire itself!
So, please join me, PRNSA Executive Director Donna Faure, and our PRNSA community of supporters to find out the answers to these fire-centered questions and more at the 2020 Dinner on the Pacific Plate on October 10, 2020 starting at 6:00pm.
This will be a one-hour, on-line event featuring Bay Area science experts who will discuss our very own Fire On the Mountain: the Vision Fire of 1995, the Woodward Fire of 2020, lessons from the past, and what the future holds for fire-based research, conservation and education efforts. Acting Superintendent Carey Feirabend will also update us on other topics of interest, including the new General Management Plan Amendment (see below for details).
We may need to wait until October 2021 for us to get together in Bear Valley and enjoy each other’s company amidst an abundance of food and drink provided by many family-owned businesses in our community.
But that, my friend, is no reason to miss this reunion of our community of like-minded people coming together for an evening of fun and fundraising to support youth education, conservation and community at the Point Reyes National Seashore. We all need something positive to focus on – and PRNSA intends to deliver.
2020 may be a year to remember (or to forget), but the 2020 Dinner on the Pacific Plate will be an hour-long event that you will not want to miss. 
We promise you a fun event that will warm your heart and inspire you – broadcast live from the Pacific Plate to your home. Join us! 
Take care,
Seth Rosen
PRNSA Board member
& Co-Host of 2020 Dinner on the Pacific Plate
P.S. DOPP 2020 will be amazing. And this year -- there is no charge to attend! So tell a friend. And there’s going to be a (virtual) after-party too! Details to follow….
Maureen Kennedy
Doune Trust Fund
Todd and Blanca Johnson
Melissa Nelken and Ronald Lee
William and Linda Tichy
Mike Deverell & Susy Muscatell
Execushield, Inc.
Kirk Marckwald and Christina Desser
T.M. Ravi and Francine Lejeune
Barbara Beno and Peter Crabtree
Allan and Sydne Bortel
Peggy and Dick Mitchell
Caren and Nick Orum
Michelle and Edward Sarti
Anne Scanlan-Rohrer and Scot Rohrer
David and Miriam Wilson
Pamela Wright
Mike and Bonnie Barr
Anne Baxter
Sandy and Connie Calhoun
Betty Anne Carlin
Ed and Nancy Conner
Danny Dawson and Claudine Co
Kathy Dickson and John Geesman
The Entrekin Foundation
Donna and Steve Faure
Ilona Frieden and Mark Jacobson
Richard and Louisiana Gale
Jane Gitschier
Kelly and Alexander Harcourt
Burr Heneman and Lexi Rome
Mark and Shawn Klender
Mary Jane Large and Marc Levinson
Mike and Mary Malloy
Kate and Michael Matthay
Charles and Kathleen Mills
Doug Moore
Johanna Muth and Harris Nussbaum
Palace Market
David Powers and Beverly Schor
Seth and Molly Rosen
Pat and Glen Rudebusch
Judith Shaw
Small Blue Planet Events + Consulting
Rich and Diane Zimmerman
Millicent Bogart and Scott MacDonald
Josie Brownback
Julia and Bruce Burke
Steve Costa and Kate Levinson
David and Vicki Cox
Ruth Dundas and Jim MacDonald
Michael and Nancy Jo Heaton
Heidrun Meadery
Patty McCrary and Dale Fehringer
Regina Phelps
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese
Jeanne Reisman and Len Goldschmidt
Anne and Boyard Rowe
Michael Warren and Mary Pieper-Warren
Zac and Amy Weinberg
Margaret Wu and Ciara Cox
Lena and Gabe Zentall
Mark Anderson and Kimberlee Stryker
Dick and Deane Bunce
Paul and Helen Chapman
Barbara Goodyear
Claudia and James Harrison
Sally Jones
Belinda Kremer
Ilene Levinson
Ivan and Leah Light
Ralph and Mae Mihan
Catherine Porter
Monica and John Salusky
Phyllis Silverberg
Timothy and Sherry Stanton
Susan Tillett
The National Parks Service announces the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the parks general management plan (GMP) amendment. The GMP amendment evaluates the long term use of 28,000 acres of land in Marin County and sets the stage for park management, visitor experience, and stewardship for years to come.

For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions and the park's website.

Visit this website to get the most up to date information on the fire, including park closures.
Are Sea Otters the Ghosts of Estuaries Past?
Friday, September 25, 4-5pm
Join Sonoma State Assistant Professor Brent Hughes for a talk in celebration of Sea Otter Awareness Week. Like many top predators across the globe, sea otters suffered from overhunting during periods of rapid European colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, with legislation aimed at protecting endangered species and marine mammals, sea otters are slowly recovering. Through this recovery sea otters are revealing the breadth of habitats that can utilize, such as estuarine seagrass beds and salt marshes. These recent discoveries have fundamentally changed our understanding of sea otter biology and ecology and presents new opportunities to promote their recovery. Presented in collaboration with Sea Otter Savvy.
Community Book Read and Conversation with the Author!
Thursday October 29, 4-5pm (rescheduled!)
In partnership with the Marin County Free Library, PRNSA invites you to read the book Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors  by Dr. Carolyn Finney. After an introduction and brief Q&A with Dr. Finney, we will have an open discussion moderated by Ranger John Eleby and PRNSA's Isaac Taylor. Register for this event here.
Copies of the book are available at both Inverness and Point Reyes Libraries. Note: these copies will be reserved at the desks. Please call and reserve a copy or stop by during curbside hours and request the book. FYI, if someone calls and needs the book sent to Bolinas or Stinson Beach, the librarians can have the book sent to the library and placed on the hold shelf. Also - Black Faces, White Spaces is available on Hoopla through the library with no wait. Instructions for downloading to Hoopla on the library's website:
Saturday, October 3, 9am – 4pm

Saturday, October 17, 10am – 2pm
Saturday, October 17, 10am – 4pm

Saturday, October 31, 10am – 5pm
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