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July 2020

Angelo accommodations get Prop. 84 lift

The Headquarters House at Angelo Coast Range Reserve had a grand name, but little else to recommend it. Drafty, dark, and uncomfortable, it was in constant need of repair. The headaches it caused, however, are now a thing of the past. Prop. 84 helped fund more flexible and modern accommodations for visitors to the reserve. Read more >>

From shed to nature center

With a prime location by UC Santa Barbara's beach, Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve is a magnet for town and gown visitors alike. Yet for years, reserve staff worked out of an uninsulated shed without space for exhibits, a lab, or even a bathroom. Proposition 84 made it possible for reserve staff to move into a newly renovated building with comfortable offices, natural history and science exhibits, meeting rooms, and other amenities. The new digs have turbo charged an already humming and vital center of science, conservation, and learning. Read more >>

Bond funds expand reserve beyond barn

When Blue Oak Ranch Reserve joined the NRS, it had a barn and no other usable buildings. That meant users had to camp and cook, store their equipment and analyze their specimens in a space more appropriate for hoedowns than habitation. The reserve would have stayed that way for years but for Proposition 84, which transformed Blue Oak Ranch into one of the most sought-after sites in the UC Natural Reserve System. Read more >>
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Facilities at Bodega shored up against the weather

The ocean is beautiful, but makes for a harsh neighbor. Salt-laden coastal air corrodes metal fences, storms batter roofs, and fogs foster mold inside buildings. The facilities at Bodega Marine Reserve were the worse for this wear until state Proposition 84 provided funding to make repairs. Read more >>

An angelic spear

A striking component of California grasslands, Tritelia laxa produces flower spikes up to two feet tall that diverge into a spray of vivid purple blooms. California Indians relished this species' underground bulb, or corm, for its potato-like texture and taste. Its common name, Ithuriel's spear, comes from John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. Satan in the form of a toad is whispering evil suggestions to Eve in the Garden of Eden when the angel Ithuriel pokes the demon with his spear. The jab reveals Satan's true form. Image: Clayton Anderson

NRS photos available

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many instructors to forego trips to reserves and teach online instead. To help those seeking to provide virtual tours to reserves, the NRS has made a portion of our digital photo archive available for general use. To see those photos, visit the NRS photo archive page. Additional resources are available on the NRS video page.
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