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.
Currently the Volunteer and Docent Coordinator for the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Bill Pevec is Professor Emeritus of Vascular Surgery at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He was Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the UC Davis Polar Forum, established and continues to lead the UC Davis Health Sustainability Advocates and is an active member of Climate Health Now, a coalition of over 500 California healthcare professionals who engage political leaders in addressing climate change.