The reserve is managed and operated by a Reserve Director and by NRS Faculty Director Sam Traina.
It's operation falls under UC Merced's Office of Research and Economic Development. A 12-member advisory committee is composed of UC Merced faculty and non-faculty specialists in grassland and vernal pool ecosystems. This committee advises reserve staff on management, research and education programs. Environmental easements and oversight by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife provide levels of regulation and oversight. Dairy cattle graze the lands for six months out of the year, through a lease agreement with a local dairy. Cattle grazing helps maintain the environmental integrity of the vernal pools.