UC Irvine’s three NRS reserves host researchers, students and volunteers addressing ecological challenges.
Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve
The grandson of the couple whose lands were the basis of the UC Natural Reserve System’s Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve have donated an inholding of pristine desert. The gift protects a key portion of the Mojave Desert site, and enables the reserve to access state bond money to improve reserve facilities. “This land supports really […]
Joshua trees will be under the gun in the California of the future. Scientists predict that it’ll become too hot and dry for these striking Mojave plants to persist in much its the high desert habitat by 2100. How much water these treelike yucca plants can store at one time is key to their conservation. […]
The desert reserves of the UC Natural Reserve System receive a well-deserved day in the sun in the latest issue of Desert Report newsletter. Written by NRS science writer Kathleen M. Wong, the article retells the story of the origins of the NRS and its unique role in research, education, and teaching. The story describes Boyd […]