Reserve Management

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.


Reserve Intern

Michael is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been an intern for the reserve since the summer of 2016 where he has been involved in an array of tasks including invasive plant management, outreach and tours, and endangered plant monitoring. He has also been involved in research at the reserve studying vernal pool plant biodiversity as well as kestrel nesting dynamics. He enjoys spending his down time hiking and playing drums.



Former Reserve Intern
John "Jack" Cronin is the Reserve intern for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jack is an senior majoring in Environmental Engineering. He has taken a number of field courses which used the reserve for training in ecological methodology. Jack has completed the Reserve Naturalist training and is currently conducting research into the patterns of grazing by dairy cows on the reserve. He comes to us with a background in cattle ranching, experiences which is very useful to us for our management of the reserve.