Researchers and educators who are considering using
the reserve should contact the reserve manager by e-mail or phone
to arrange a reserve tour and to discuss the feasibility of the
planned use. Introductory visits do not require the submission of
a Use Application, but may require completion of UC Liability Waivers.
UC LIABILITY WAIVER
1. Before visiting the reserve for the first time,
all persons not affiliated with the University of California must
read and sign the NRS Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and
Indemnity Agreement, available here
or from the reserve staff. These waivers
may not be altered and electronic signatures are not acceptable.
2. Signed forms may be mailed or delivered to the
reserve manager on the first visit. Classes not affiliated with
the University of California, should obtain and return waivers before
the class arrives.
1. Submit an online NRS Research Use Application:
If you decide to conduct research at the Quail Ridge Reserve, you
must submit an online NRS Research Use Application. We use the online
Application Management System (RAMS). Approved applications
are valid for one field season only (from the date of approval through
June 30). If you have multiple projects, please submit an application
for each project.
Each application requires a "Statement of
Proposed Research Project". The Statement should be a complete,
but brief, research proposal describing the research question, its
significance, and the methods that will be used to answer the question.
In particular, please clearly describe the location of field sites
(as specifically as possible) and any potential disturbances to
the reserve's ecosystem or cultural resources, including all experimental
manipulations, collections, and the introduction of any species
or genotypes. The application will be evaluated using the following
considerations: potential impacts to natural systems; potential
impacts to present or future long-term use of reserve for research
or instructional purposes; potential conflicts with ongoing research
or instructional programs; availability of alternative sites. Applications
will be evaluated quickly so that research projects can commence
in a timely fashion.
2. Subsequent visits. Once a research
application is approved users must sign in near the field station
each day that they use the reserve.
3. Researcher responsibilities.
Researchers must provide the reserve managers with a location of
research site locations (we will help GPS if necessary) and basic
raw data (e.g., numbers of organisms, species, etc.) for station
archives. Register metadata for all reserve datasets on the NRS
Annual Summary of Research Project: Please provide
the following by June 30 of each year. Reserve staff will e-mail
a reminder. The summary and list of publications will be published
in the NRS Annual Report and on the NRS Web Page:
- A brief summary of research accomplishments, including the
title of the project and a list of all participants on the project
with their affiliations.
- A list of your current publications based on research done
on the reserve (complete references).
- Two copies of all published materials, including conference
proceedings, abstracts, and technical reports (one bound copy
only of theses and dissertations), resulting from your research.
Please acknowledge the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESERVE
SYSTEM, UCD QUAIL RIDGE RESERVE in any publication resulting from
use of the reserve.
- Sources of funding for project, dates of funding, and the funding
CLASS USE AND FIELD COURSES
The Reserve and Field Station are available for
single or multi-day field courses.
1. Submit an online NRS Class Use application.
A separate application must be submitted for each visit. The Quail
Ridge Reserve uses the online Reserve
Application Management System (RAMS) for the submission of class
2. Reserve users who are not UC students or employees
must sign and return a UC liability waiver prior to visiting the
reserve. The parent or legal guardian must sign the release agreements
for minors. It is the responsibility of the group leader (the person
who submits the application) to find out who in their group must
sign a release agreement and to insure that they are on file with
the Reserve Manager prior to the proposed visit. Available
here or from the reserve staff.
3. The group leader is also responsible for making
sure each participant is aware of the reserve policies and guidelines
listed on the application and in the information packet for the
reserve being visited.
AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Classes and researchers are welcome to use the
Field Station, which is located 1/2
mile from Highway 128 via the west easement road. It has a kitchen,
shower, bunk beds (for 4 people), and work/lab area. There is a
phone, which can be used with a calling card, and a T1 connection
for computers. Visitors should bring their own bedding (twin sheets,
pillows, sleeping bag, etc.). There is hot and cold running water
for washing. There is no janitorial service - users are expected
to leave the facilities cleaner than they find them. Contact reserve
staff for more information. Classes may also use the area around
the field station to camp or another location can be made available
with water and portable toilets.
Reserve staff is available to answer questions,
give advice, and provide information. The Natural History of the
Quail Ridge Reserve handbook is available at the UC Davis NRS office.
Also available from this office are brochures of the reserve and
a set of GIS coverages of the reserve, including the maps found
in the handbook.
1. Collecting is permitted only with the express
permission of the Reserve Manager, appropriate collecting permits
from state and federal agencies, and strict compliance with the
UCD Animal Care Council. Any trapping and handling of vertebrates
requires previous approval of the UCD Animal Care Council and the
manager. See the Research
and Class Use applications for further details.
2. Smoking is prohibited on the reserve. (The parking
lot area of the Field Station may be used to smoke.)
3. Vehicles must stay on established roadways and
vehicle trails. Please refer to the Road Use
Guidelines and confer with reserve staff
regarding road conditions. Off-road vehicle travel is prohibited.
Park only in designated areas.
4. Leave all gates as you find them (e.g., if closed
and locked, close and lock it after passing).
5. Pack out trash.
6. Do not disturb experiments.
Be aware that from many parts of the reserve, the
nearest phone or cellular phone service may be a couple of miles
away. It is advisable to carry first aid equipment, extra water,
and a cell phone Cell phone reception is generally restricted to
Be aware that hunters and off-highway vehicle
enthusiasts use the surrounding areas - BLM lands and Private holdings
- and trespassing and poaching may occur. Please help ensure everyone's
security by notifying the Reserve Manager of any inappropriate uses
of the reserve that you see.
Potential hazards include, but are not limited
to, the following:
Rattlesnakes. Wear long pants and
hiking boots, and use caution when hiking over rocks, logs, or in
tall grass. Carrying a snakebite kit when working in remote locations
is advised. For more information on Rattlesnakes see: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74119.html
Poison Oak. Common in riparian areas
and shaded north facing slopes. May be avoided. "Leaves of
three, let them be." For more information on Poison Oak see:
Ticks. Ticks in this area may carry
Lyme disease. Routine body-checks for ticks are advised. If bitten,
monitor symptoms and consult with a physician. For more information
on Lyme disease see: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7485.html
Mountain Lions. Avoid hiking alone,
make noise, and if confronted, throw things and yell. Do not bend
down. Do not run. For more information on California Mountain Lions
Rugged Terrain. Quail Ridge is a
wildland environment. There are downed logs, unstable rocks, steep
slopes, cliffs, ground squirrel holes, steep and narrow roads, and
many other potential hazards. Use caution and good judgment.
Hantavirus. This is a potentially
fatal disease caused by a virus shed by deermice. Do not handle
live or dead rodents or their feces or urine. For more information
on Hanta virus see: http://ehs.ucdavis.edu/animal/health/hantavirus.cfm
Photo Credits: Title, King Snake (Mike