The Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System
Peggy Fielder, Susan Gee Rumsey & Kathleen Wong
University of California, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
he Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System
by Peggy Fielder, Susan Gee Rumsey and Kathleen Wong tells the story of how this important collection of ecosystems situated around the state came into existence and explains why each one is so unique and important.
he UC Natural Reserve System was created in 1965 to support field research, teaching, and public service in natural environments. It has been so successful that over the years, the system has become a prototype of conservation and land stewardship for natural resource managers throughout the world.
eginning with just seven sites, the reserve system has grown to encompass over 750,000 wildland acres today. The NRS is often described as a
classroom without walls
library of ecosystems
that students and researchers alike can access.
The NRS supports instruction in a wide variety of disciplines at field sites. These range from botany to zoology, archaeology to environmental planning, and public health to the performing and visual arts.
llustrated with over 200 photos and maps, this guide will delight anyone interested in natural history and how the UC system is preserving key ecological areas for future generations.
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