Burn recovery study will gather data from 9 UC natural reserves

Photo of a burnt hillside from UC Natural Reserve Burn Damage Study
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August wildfires burned tens of thousands of acres in seven UC natural reserves, including a quarter of UC Berkeley’s Hastings Natural History Reservation in Carmel Valley. Drone surveys of these reserves are now revealing the extent of the damage and providing data that can help scientists understand the long-term and short-term damage caused by fires.

After several of the UC natural reserves were impacted by wildfires in August, the UC Natural Reserve System, or UCNRS, will gather data from nine reserves to identify how different ecosystems respond to wildfires.
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Oil spill in Santa Barbara affects university-owned natural reserve

As of June 6, 149 birds and 72 mammals were reported dead after a pipeline along the Santa Barbara coast burst May 19 and polluted miles of beaches and reserves with crude oil, including a natural reserve owned by the University of California, according to the most recent status report from the oil spill responders.
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