Of all of the NRS’ 41 reserves, SCCR is the single-most significant outlier because of the ‘inadvertent’ trails system that attracts more than 65k hikers each year. Meeting the NRS’ research mission is difficult because researchers favor our non-public Quail Ridge Reserve over the valley on lake Berryessa. In addition, SCCR is an un-funded property where the NRS does not invest in managing public lands per se. Meeting the challenges of balancing our institutional needs with mitigating the impacts of the public resource to an important Coast Range catchment is more complicated than most. I will be giving an overview of the SCCR ‘complex’, the challenges of maintaining the ecological integrity of the area, our plan (or non-plan!) for doing it, and the importance of building partnerships.
Paul Havemann has been a land steward with UC Davis’ Natural Reserve System for the past nine years. Prior to his emigration to the US from South Africa in 2009, he worked for the conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for 20 years as a protected area manager. Paul studied for a degree in conservation at the University of South Africa in Tshwane, and has a master’s degree in protected area management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, SA. He has collaborated on conservation issues affecting people and endangered species widely in Southern Africa and has consulted for WWF’s Indo-China Protected Area Program in Vietnam. He is currently the manager of the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.
This event will be held on Zoom.