Angelo was the first gift (from Heath and Margorie Angelo) to The Nature Conservancy west of the Mississippi. TNC transferred the land in 1994 to the UC Natural Reserve System for management under the Berkeley campus. We maintain stong ties with TNC through friendships, collaborations (including with students who did their PhD’s at Angelo who now work for TNC), and their strongly-worded easement (!) which protects Angelo’s lands as natural ecosystems to be managed for teaching, research, and outreach, with minimal levels of disruption to native organisms, natural landscapes, or processes. Thank you very much, TNC.
We are currently working with Jeanette Howard and other TNC staff to help evaluate the effect of summer water withdrawals for marijuana cultivation on river flow, thermal regimes, and ecology of the Eel and its tributaries.
The Angelo Reserve, like the 38 other sites in the UC Natural Reserve System, is co-administered by the UCNRS and the parent UC Campus (for Angelo this is U.C. Berkeley). Direct ties to the UCNRS in the UC Office of the President has proven very efficient for the NRS. Problems solved on one reserve are likely to arise, in similar guise, in other reserves. The central UCNRS maintains a small staff that can assist with financial and legal transactions, help support field classes and research programs that take advantage of the UCNRS as a network, and generate a sense of community that has bonded UCNRS managers into a tight group of collaborating friends who can share approaches over the internet, and in their famously entertaining but useful Reserve Manager retreats, which cycle from Reserve to Reserve.
Unfortunately, no comparable network of field sites exists anywhere else in the world. Perhaps some day. Read more here!
Four Angelo researchers are members of the National Academy of Sciences, and this body has lent its prestige to research reserves including Angelo in its July 2014 report: Value and Sustainability of Field Stations. See this additional resource. Four sequences from Angelo were featured in the film that accompanies the release of this report by Jerry Schubel et al. (Mary Power, of Angelo, and Mark Stromberg, recently retired from UC Berkeley’s Hastings Reserve, were co-authors).
Friends of Angelo Reserve
This is a brand new 501c3 that has been organized to fund-raise on behalf of the Angelo Reserve’s teaching, research, outreach, and land conservation mission. Stay tuned!