OVERVIEW

As one of 35 natural reserves in the world’s largest system of university-based reserves, the Angelo Coast Range Reserve fulfills the basic aims of the University of California Natural Reserve System, which are to protect representative natural ecosystems of California for university level research and teaching (Ford and Norris 1988).  At the same time, Angelo faces a number of unique challenges that can best be addressed within the context of a management plan. 

Since Heath and Margorie Angelo protected their land in the 1930s , the population of California has tripled.  The Angelo Coast Range Reserve now provides a crucial window into the workings of the river, forest, meadow, and chaparral ecosystems represented within it.  In research projects that would not have been possible without the Reserve, much has been learned about the workings of ecosystems representative of the California North Coast.  These results potentially shed light on the extensive areas of the state that have been more heavily impacted by humans, because fundamental natural processes are often clearer in places that have not been destabilized by multiple disturbances. 

One purpose of this management plan is to preserve, deepen, and broaden opportunities for the Reserve to support further contributions of this nature to researchers and students at various levels.  The benefits of these contributions should ramify throughout society, as Angelo alumni take jobs in schools, universities, and agencies, and share the results and insights they have developed while working at the Reserve.  Another purpose of this management plan is to identify key challenges facing Angelo, outline major goals for the next five years, and to propose ways reach these goals.