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The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.

UC Natural Reserve System

There are 49 publications in this collection, published between 1982 and 2019.
NRS Transect (48)

Transect 18:2 (winter 2000)


- (feature article) A Bird in the Hand Is Worth … Banding!

- Forest Canopy Access System Being Developed at Angelo

- Science Teacher Training Program Off to a Good Start

- Reserve-based Research in Atmospheric Chemistry Provides Global Insights

- Center for Science Education Opens at Valentine Camp

The NRS Transect 8:1 (winter 1990)


- (feature article) Reserves Receive $500,000 in NSF Grants and NRS Matching Funds for Facilities Development

- Funding Opportunities

- Environmental Education

- San Joaquin Marsh Plan

- Reserve People

- Research at NCCRP

The NRS Transect 11:1 (spring 1993)


- (feature article) Innovative, Self-sufficient Research Facilities Completed at the Granite Mountains Reserve

- Mojave Desert Symposium

- A Year in the Life of SNARL

- NRS Student Grant Programs

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NRS Occasional Papers (1)

Evaluating the Future Role of the University of California Natural Reserve System for Sensitive Plant Protection under Climate Change

Protected areas are critical for conserving California’s many sensitive plant species but their future role is uncertain under climate change. Climate-driven species losses and redistributions could dramatically affect the relevance of protected areas for biodiversity conservation this century. Focusing on the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS), we predicted the future impact of climate change on reserve effectiveness with respect to sensitive plant protection. First, we evaluated the historical representation of sensitive plant species in the NRS reserve network by compiling species accounts from checklists, floras, and spatial queries of occurrence databases. Next, we calculated projected climate change exposure across the NRS reserve network for the end of the 21st century (2070–2099) relative to baseline (1971–2000) conditions under five future climate scenarios. We then predicted statewide changes in suitable habitat for 180 sensitive plant taxa using the same future climate scenarios in a species distribution modeling approach. Finally, from these predictions we evaluated suitable habitat retention at three spatial scales: individual NRS reserves (focal reserves), the NRS reserve network, and the surrounding mosaic of protected open space. Six reserves—Sagehen Creek Field Station, McLaughlin Natural Reserve, Jepson Prairie Reserve, Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve, Sedgwick Reserve, and Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center—were selected as focal reserves for analyses.