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$1.2 Million Grant for Environmental Sciences

by Jacqueline Frost, Public Affairs
posted November 4, 1998

An old-growth forest reserve containing the state's largest stand of virgin Douglas fir recently received a $1.2 million grant to build an environmental sciences center on the land managed by UC Berkeley.

Part of UC's Natural Reserve System, the Heath and Marjorie Angelo Coast Reserve will use the gift from the Rhoda Goldman Fund to expand research, university-level education and public outreach, including K-12 nature programs.

Located on the South Fork of the Eel River in Mendocino County, the Angelo Reserve includes 4,395 acres owned by UC. It is buffered by more than 3,500 acres managed in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

"We are excited about the ways that the Goldman gift will enhance the research underway at the reserve," said Mary Power, the Berkeley faculty manager of the Angelo Reserve.

"Students and faculty are doing field studies on river and riparian ecology, the linkage between river and watershed food webs, and on river and watershed geomorphology -- all topics relevant to environmental concerns in the north coast region of California," Power said.

Elementary and secondary students also use the state-owned reserve. Each year, up to 200 students from nearby schools in Laytonville, Ukiah and Willits take daylong or multi-day field trips that teach them and their families a better appreciation of the forest.

"The university is proud to be a partner with the Goldman Fund in opening up new research opportunities for scientists and new learning opportunities for students, from kindergarten through college. This outstanding gift will benefit generations of Californians, and we are very grateful," said UC President Richard Atkinkson.

The reserve encompasses four aquatic and at least 26 different terrestrial habitats, and is home to spotted owls, flying squirrels, black bears, Olympic salamanders, salmon, river otters and steelhead trout.

The new center will include a headquarters building with a library, a computer room, storage space for flora and fauna collections, and offices; a laboratory; researcher housing; a greenhouse; and a forest walkway to enhance research in the redwood canopy.


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