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Protected by the Santa Lucia Mountains and rocky cliffs, the Big Sur coast includes the largest and most pristine coastal wildlands in central and southern California. In the center of this area, the University of California Natural Reserve System and the University of California at Santa Cruz operate the Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. Directly adjacent to the terrestrial reserve are two state marine protected areas: the Big Creek State Marine Reserve and the Big Creek State Conservation Area, which are administered by the California Department of Fish and Game.

In addition to protecting these natural areas, the purpose of the reserve is to support university teaching, research, and public service (see mission statement). This combination of programs and protected habitats is unique, and the reserve continues to make important contributions to our knowledge of wild coastal ecosystems.

General Information
Description: facts, maps and reserve facilities.
Applications: You must fill out an application to use the reserve.
Resources: Species lists, bibliographies, publications and other resources.
Scuba diving and boating: Access to the Big Creek State Marine Reserve.
Weather: Current and archived weather data and links.
Volunteer Stewardship Program: Learn about our stewardship opportunities.

Give to Big Creek by downloading a donation form. Or you can go directly to the online giving site. Your help is much appreciated.

 
Items of Special Interest

BIG CREEK RESERVE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HIGHWAY 1 IS CLOSED TO NON-RESIDENT TRAFFIC AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH OF BIG CREEK RESERVE

The heavy rains in January have saturated soils on steep slopes along Highway 1 in Big Sur. Multiple active slides, slumping roadways and a failed highway bridge have resulted in Caltrans determining the roadway is unsafe for travel in several locations.

Furthermore, the weather and flooding have taken a large toll on the roads inside Big Creek and access is severely limited at this time due to multiple rock and mud slides, road damage, power and phone line outages, and tree falls. The reserve will remain closed until staff can assess and proceed safely to resume access to the reserve.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Due to a bridge replacement in Big Sur, access to Big Creek Reserve will only be possible from the south for the remainder of the year. Nacamiento-Ferguson Road and Highway 1 from Cambria and SR 46 are likely to open after winter rains cease. Please take this into consideration as you plan your field trips this year.

You can check road conditions at the following websites:
http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi
http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/resource-management-agency/public-works/road-conditions-closures
http://www.thebigsurblog.com/
https://bigsurkate.wordpress.com/

Thank you for your understanding and I hope you can accommodate the above conditions into your plans. If you have any questions or have an urgent resource-dependent research need, please feel free to contact me.

Mark Readdie
Reserve Director
readdie@ucsc.edu

 

The status of our 2017 public "Open House" is pending an assessment and repair of accessibility after the winter.

 

Forged by Fire: Lightening and Landscape at Big Sur. Read the October 2009 article about Big Sur wildfires in Bay Nature Magazine.

See photos of Mountain Lions and California Condors captured by motion detection cameras.
View Virtual Reality Panoramas from various locations around Big Creek.
Interactive Habitat Schematic: Includes descriptions, species lists and a map of Big Creeks's vegetation communities.
Watch the PBS documentary, Living Edens: Big Sur-California's Wild Coast

Staff:

Our Reserve Manager is Mark Readdie and the Reserve Stewards are Feynner Arias and Sean McStay.

58801 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: 831.667.2543
Email: readdie@ucsc.edu

 



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