Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) is the largest university-managed reserve system in the world with 36 reserves protecting more than 135,000 acres across the state for research, teaching, and public service. As such, the University is perfectly positioned to play a leadership role in increasing awareness of, and galvanising responses to, the global and regional biodiversity crises. In 2010, the NRS renewed its commitment to biodiversity issues by providing refuges for endangered and threatened species.
It also supported research and stewardship projects that document and protect the state’s biodiversity and hosted University courses and educational programmes focused on biodiversity. The NRS incorporated biodiversity themes into its publications and initiated a seed bank facility to protect endemic plants in collaboration with England’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
For more information please visit the Countdown 2010 website.