UC Davis Natural Reserve System manages five of the 36 reserves that comprise the largest and most diverse set of university-owned and operated reserves in the world. These reserves include examples of nearly every major ecosystem in the state. They provide secure sites for research, instruction, and public outreach.[ More ]
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On October 23rd, we are dedicating an afternoon to the science, arts, teaching, and public service embodied by the natural reserves. World-renowned science fiction author (and natural reserve aficionado) Kim Stanley Robinson will present a special keynote address. We'll also be unveiling our restoration plans for Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, the popular hiking destination - embedded in a new National Monument - that burned in one of this summer's many fires.
UC Davis faculty and staff will take you behind the locked gates to see how plants and animals are recovering from the fire. You will also gain perspective on the trail work that we have undertaken - and what remains to be done - before the area is reopened to hikers. Hikes are free, but space is limited to 15 people/hike, and RSVP is required. Please email Jeffrey Clary for questions and to reserve your spot.
UC Davis Professor Susan Harrison set out fifteen years ago to look at the effects of grazing and wildfire on native plants. Instead, her observations have documented a disturbing decrease in diversity of native wildflowers as the climate has warmed and dried out.