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Resources and Facilities

UC Natural Reserve System - Over thirty years ago, the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) began to assemble, for scientific study, a system of protected sites that would broadly represent California's rich ecological diversity. By creating this system of outdoor classrooms and laboratories and making it available specifically for long-term study, the NRS supports a variety of disciplines that require field work in wildland ecosystems.

UC Davis Natural Reserve: UC Davis Natural Reserve System

UC Davis Natural Reserve Sites:

  • Bodega Marine Reserve - Bodega Marine Reserve straddles Bodega Head, California's northernmost exposure of coastal granitic rock, thought to be displaced hundreds of miles along the San Andreas Fault. The diverse habitats of beach and harbor, exposed and protected coast, and coastal uplands make the Bodega Marine Reserve an ideal site for research and instruction.
  • Eagle Lake - Eagle Lake, the second largest lake entirely within the boundaries of California, lies in an isolated valley on the eastern side of the Sierra and Cascade ranges. The lake's geologic isolation provides a unique set of biological communities.
  • Jepson Prairie - Jepson Prairie is widely known for harboring one of the least-disturbed examples of the perennial bunchgrass prairie that once covered one-fourth of California. Jepson's vernal pools are also a holdover from the past. Jepson Prairie also contains a small amount of freshwater marsh habitat.
  • McLaughlin - The McLaughlin Reserve encompasses several geologic formations, two watersheds (Putah and Cache Creeks), and a variety of vegetation including oak woodland, nonserpentine chaparral, serpentine chaparral, and grasslands. It is one of few sites in California that protects unusual serpentine habitats.
  • Quail Ridge - Quail Ridge Reserve is located on peninsula within Lake Berryessa. While the most immediately impressive plant communities within the reserve are the fine stands of native bunchgrasses, plant communities within the reserve included chaparral, oak savanna, pine-oak woodland and riparian woodland.
  • Stebbins Cold Canyon - Mostly steep canyons with intermittent streams and year-round pools. Some year-round springs and seeps.  Grasslands, riparian woodlands, live oak woodlands, and chaparral habitats.

Lake Tahoe Research Group - Traditionally, UC Davis research at Lake Tahoe has been directed toward the basic scientific understanding of ecological processes in high mountain aquatic environments. However, during the last decade the focus has expanded to include watershed and lake management.

TERC - Tahoe Environmental Research Center. TERC is a newly opened (2006) research center in the Lake Tahoe basin dedicated to the study of Lakes, their watersheds and airsheds. This ecosystem study center combines research and outreach. Lab facilities are available for students wishing to use this facility.

Sagehen Creek Field Station - Sagehen Creek Field Station is a research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley. The Station was established in 1951 with the signing of a long-term special use permit with the USDA Forest Service, which manages the land. Sagehen serves as the hub of a much broader network of research areas known as the Central Sierra Field Research Stations. CSFRS is comprised of:

Sagehen Creek Field Station,
Central Sierra Snow Lab,
Onion Creek Experimental Watershed,
Chickering American Reserve,
North Fork Reserve

The Putah-Cache Bioregion Project - The UC Davis Putah-Cache Bioregion Project is an integrated interdisciplinary suite of research and educational activities in the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds, the "home region" of UC Davis. The overall goal is to develop foundations for community planning, resource management, and partnerships in the watershed. The project involves faculty, students, and staff from diverse departments and connects with community, organizational, and public groups in the region.

White Mountain Research Station - The White Mountain Research Station (WMRS) is a multi-campus research unit of the University of California.  WMRS was established in 1950 to provide laboratory, teaching, and housing facilities for researchers doing field work in the Eastern Sierra.  While WMRS was originally used for research in high-elevation physiology, it is now used also by scientists in such diverse fields as archaeology, astronomy, atmospheric science, ecology, geology, plant biology, and zoology.

San Diego State University Field Stations -  include four sites in the San Diego area. The 4344 acre Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve (SMER) lies in Riverside and San Diego Counties near Temecula. The Sky Oaks Field Station (SOFS) (1600 acres) in the Chihuahua Valley. Fortuna Mountain Research Reserve (FMRR) is a 500 acre area within the boundaries of old Camp Elliot now surrounded by the 5769 acre Mission Trails Regional Park. It is dedicated to educational and research programs that are complimentary to the park and the management of the endangered species it contains. In 1997 the Management Authority of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) (2513 acres) identified the Tijuana River NERR as an auxiliary Field Station of SDSU.