The UC Natural Reserve System has expanded to 41 reserves with the addition of Point Reyes Field Station and Lassen Field Station.
The NRS protects a disproportionate number of California’s most vulnerable plant species today. But climate change will put many of those species at risk.
UC Natural Reserve System lands are home to dozens of vulnerable animal and plant species. These range from some of the state’s rarest amphibians to endemic plants to icons of the West such as bighorn sheep. Studies conducted at the 39 reserves of the NRS informs how these species are managed, which helps preserve the […]
Climate shapes the life around us. At the poles, thick fur coats and layers of blubber enable animals to withstand bitter cold. In deserts, small and drought-resistant leaves help plants survive extreme aridity. Climate has strong but less obvious effects on life elsewhere. The reach of marine fog dictates where coast redwoods can survive—but is […]
UC Berkeley has published an oral history of Roger Samuelsen, the founding director of the UC Natural Reserve System. The history covers Samuelsen’s formative education at Cal, his leadership of what was then called the Natural Land and Water Reserve System, and his work to establish UC Merced, among many other adventures and endeavors. Samuelsen’s […]
After being closed for most of 2017 due to major road and storm damage, the NRS’s Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve is partially open for business again. Highway access to the reserve has been restored from the north, but storm damage continues to limit vehicle access to many parts of the reserve. Accessing the reserve Access […]
The UC Natural Reserve System has joined a newly created partnership that seeks to improve the health of the forest ecosystems surrounding Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) will apply science-based forest and watershed management to reduce wildfire risks, arrest tree die-offs, and bolster forest resilience to threats such as climate change. The partnership […]
A new award program has been established to supportresearchby UC Berkeley graduate students at NRS reserves. The Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research will fund UC Berkeley graduate students conducting field research based in or around Angelo Coast Range Reserve, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, Hastings Natural History Reservation, Point Reyes Field Station, and Sagehen Creek […]