Shorelines, woodlands, streams, and deserts were the stars of Natural Reserve System Day, celebrated at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Feb. 8. The full day of presentations and poster sessions was sponsored by the UCSB Natural Reserve System. Held at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the event featured speakers intimate with the thousands of acres that serve as outdoor classrooms and laboratories.
“We’re here to serve California. The main goals are to enhance teaching, research and public service of our natural lands, to support the economy and the ecosystem of the State of California by doing this work at these sites,” said Patricia Holden, director of the UCSB Natural Reserve System (NRS) and a Bren School professor.
The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of 38 wildland sites that span over 750,000 acres across the state, from forests to deserts, mountains to coastlines. It is the world’s largest university-operated system of natural reserves, administered by nine of the 10 UC campuses. Read the full article