The 7,400 acre Angelo Coast Range Reserve has been protected from major human disturbance since the late 1930s, and today, provides a crucial window into the workings of natural river, riparian, wetland, forest, meadow, and chaparral ecosystems of California’s North Coast.  This Reserve was gifted by Heath and Margorie Angelo to The Nature Conservancy TNC in 1959. It is now co-managed for university-level research and teaching by the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California Natural Reserve System. Visitors are welcomed if they obey simple rules. Angelo researchers collaborate with local and regional partners who share common interests of understanding the past, current, and future watersheds along the North Coast watersheds, including ways to protect them and use their resources sustainably. Angelo researchers also collaborate actively with national and international colleagues, most recently, as a member of the NSF Critical Zone Observatory network.

Angelo Vision: 
To create a lasting natural laboratory where advanced environmental mapping, sensing, and tracing, disciplined natural history observation, field experimentation, and modeling can be developed, taught, and applied towards discovering the key processes and relationships needed to forecast the co-evolution of the natural ecosystems, water cycles, and climate of California’s North Coast.

“Bottom up” hydrologic model proposed by Daniella Rempe and Bill Dietrich, 2014, PNAS, for water storage and release in fractured bedrock in uplifted landscape.

Angelo Mission
To generate fundamental understanding of the linkages of ecosystems and landscapes in the steep, forested watersheds representative of the region.

To generate high quality long-term data that will attract competing fundamental models of how Nature works.

To provide a test bed for advancing the mapping, sensing and tracing technologies that will drive next-generation environmental research.

Hiromi at Janes by Charles Post
Photo by Charles Post

To use the Angelo Reserve as a base to explore the entire Eel River ecosystem as a whole, linking Eel watershed outflows to coastal marine environments.

To provide science that guides society towards decisions that lead to more resilient futures for humans and nature along California’s North Coast.

To host meetings, discussions, classes, workshops, and retreats that will facilitate development of new approaches, collaborations and commitments.

Blake describing his long term climate change study on South Meadow to a class.To share critical scientific understanding of the natural ecosystem with those whose actions and choices will affect its resilience over the coming decades.