Plants accustomed to accessing smaller amounts of moisture stored in underground rock formations are more resilient to drought conditions.
The UC Natural Reserve System is a library of ecosystems throughout California. Most of the state’s major habitat types are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. No other network of field sites can match its size, scope, and ecological diversity. The NRS offers outdoor laboratories to field scientists, classrooms without walls for students, and nature’s inspiration to all.
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UC Merced aims to build a field station to facilitate research and instruction on the NRS’s Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve.
The UC NRS now has a sister reserve in Eco-Alianza de Loreto A.C., a Mexican nonprofit offersing educational and research access to the Gulf of California.
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Access to NRS reserves is by permission only. Reserves are available for teaching, research, and public service, but not general recreation.