Title of Talk: Practicing minimum tool at the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve (SCCR) – Preserving the ecological integrity of an important education tool.
October 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM
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Although the mission of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System (NRS) is centered on the facilitation of research in the SCCR, Stebbins is unique in the NRS Californian protected area model in that it is the only property that allows public access to eight miles of hiking trails traversing University of California (UC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) land.
Because of its well-established historical field presence in the area, UC has inadvertently become the lead ‘management agency’ charged with the maintenance of the trails system which receives some 65 thousand visitors each year.
Education, outreach, fundraising and volunteerism have been identified as key components of a longer-term strategy that will empower UC and its partners to meet their ecological responsibilities within the reserve and surrounding areas. The establishment of a functional docent program and effective volunteer support network are currently our highest field priorities.
A staff member with the UCD Natural Reserve System for eight years, Paul Havemann is currently lands steward at the Stebbins Cold Canyon, Quail Ridge and Cahill Riparian Reserves. Prior to his immigration to the USA in 2009 he worked for the South African conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for twenty years as a wilderness guide and junior conservation manager in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and as conservation manager for a section of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage site. He studied conservation management at the University of South Africa in Tshwane and holds a master’s degree in protected area management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. He also has consulted for the WWF Indo-China Protected Areas Program in southern Vietnam.