Department News

2010-05-28

PROP 84 FUNDING APPROVED BY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD FOR UCLA STUNT RANCH RESERVE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER

On May 27, 2010, Dr. Philip Rundel, Stunt Ranch Reserve faculty director, was notified that Proposition 84 funding for the Stunt Ranch Reserve Research and Education Center was approved by the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The award is for \$ 975,000 from State funds to match existing Stunt Ranch funds. It gives the Reserve a building budget of \$ 1,950,000.

The Research and Education Center will include a small nature center with diverse displays depicting the cultural, natural, and dynamic landscapes of the Cold Creek watershed and Santa Monica Mountains, a classroom to accommodate up to 40 people and a workroom with fixed tables and storage lockers to provide important space and facilities for diverse groups of Reserve users. The project will replace structures lost to wildfire in 1993, and is designed to meet all requirements for a Leeds Certification.

The Stunt Ranch Reserve Research and Education/ Center will serve many functions. It will: offer facilities for cutting-edge scientific research, a venue for activities and meetings of community organizations, a multidisciplinary research program linking sciences with the social sciences and humanities, a public demonstration project to educate the community about living lightly on the land, a multidisciplinary program in environmental education at a level appropriate for K-12 students and the public, interpretative programs describing the cultural history of Southern California and the Santa Monica Mountains, an opportunity for younger students to interact with and participate in ongoing research projects carried out by university faculty, students and staff. Additionally, the Center will demonstrate new technologies in environmental research and management and expand access to environmental education in the Santa Monica Mountains to individuals with disabilities.

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