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Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve Reopens

Chris Nicolini / UC Davis

The UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve reopens May 15 with a new parking area and restored trails. It was closed after the Wragg Fire burned the area in summer 2015.

Chris Nicolini / UC Davis

The UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve reopens Sunday, May 15, with a new parking area and restored trails. 
 
The reserve, about 30 miles west of Davis, borders the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
  
The Wragg Fire burned the 638 acre reserve on July 22, 2015, forcing its closure. Many cottonwoods, blue oaks and chaparral were destroyed. 
 
The area is used as an outdoor laboratory and classroom for UC Davis students and scientists. But it's also shared with the public.
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The UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve reopens May 15 with a new parking area and restored trails. It was closed after the Wragg Fire burned the area in summer 2015. Chris Nicolini / UC Davis
 
UC Davis says scientists have started a number of post-fire ecology research projects at the site, which could help Western states better understand and prepare for wildfires in the future.
 

"The fire has been a reset button," says Jeffrey Clary, Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve director. "We have the chance to build a culture of learning and respect for the resource with our visitor community."

Reserve system staff members, UC Davis students, and volunteers from regional groups helped restore trails, build steps that burned in the fire, remove brush and relocate the parking area.