|Angelo Coast Range Reserve
Angelo Coast Range Reserve is located on the South Fork of the
Eel River in northwest California. The reserve encompasses four aquatic and at least 26 terrestrial habitat types, including redwood groves, mixed conifer/deciduous forests, meadows, several types of chaparral, and the state's largest virgin Douglas-fir forest community. Olympic salamanders, flying squirrels, black bears, and federally threatened northern spotted owls are among the reserve's wild inhabitants. The reserve also protects four undisturbed watersheds, among them the six square mile drainage of Elder Creek. These pristine aquatic ecosystems support salmon, steelhead trout, river otters, and Pacific giant salamanders.
Students from local public schools stay overnight on site and learn about the area's natural and land-use history.
Special Research of National Significance
- Eel River food webs, productivity, and effects of disturbance by scouring winter floods and invasive species such as bullfrogs and Sacramento squawfish, which threaten native yellow-legged frogs and salmonids.
- Effects of river productivity on terrestrial consumers.
Linkages between river communities and surrounding uplands in the old-growth forest watershed. Impacts of fine riverbed sediments on food webs supporting the growth of juvenile steelhead.