NRS Books

book cover, The environmental legacy of the UC Natural Reserve SystemThe Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System

Peggy Fiedler, Susan Gee Rumsey, Kathleen M. Wong
University of California Press, 2013

When University of California researchers saw their research plots and teaching spots destroyed by development, a few forward-thinking faculty devised a way to save examples of California’s major ecosystems. The seven reserves established in 1965 have since grown into the world’s largest university-administered natural reserve system.

This volume describes the natural and human histories of the system’s many reserves, how they are managed, and the central role these lands have played in scientific research, education, and public appreciation of the environment. Stunning photographs of landscapes, plants, and wildlife lend further inspiration to casual readers and prospective reserve users alike. 

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book cover, Mountain TimeMountain Time

Kenneth S. Norris, 2010

University of California Professor of Natural History Kenneth S. Norris considered the UC Natural Reserve System “the most important thing I ever attempted to do.” Yet founding the NRS was just one of his creative endeavors in a life passionately devoted to learning and teaching about the natural world.

Read about many of his other experiences and insights in his final book, Mountain Time / Reflections on the Wild World and Our Place in It. Part memoir, part natural history, part environmental philosophy, Mountain Time is a wholly enjoyable reading experience. Readers who knew Professor Norris as a colleague, teacher, student, or friend say they are delighted to be able to “hear” his unique voice once again.