|Sagehen Creek Field Station
Located within the Sagehen Experimental Forest on the eastern slope of the northern Sierra Nevada approximately 20 miles north of Lake Tahoe, Sagehen Creek Field Station has been dedicated to research and teaching since 1951. The University of California operates the station under a long-term, special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. The surrounding watershed is also available to researchers and classes through an agreement with the Forest Service and includes extensive stands of yellow pine, mixed conifer, and red fir forests, as well as brush fields, scattered mountain meadows, and fens. Sagehen serves as the hub of a much broader network of research areas known as the Central Sierra Field Research Stations, which is comprised of: Sagehen Creek Field Station, Central Sierra Snow Laboratory, Onion Creek Experimental Watershed, Chickering American River Reserve, and North Fork Association Lands.
Graduate research at Sagehen has provided the basis for 80+ master's and doctoral theses. Current work includes: behavioral studies of dark-eyed juncos; stream runoff modeling; bees/butterflies in mountain montane meadows; GIS as a tool for reserve master planning.
Summer field courses
UC Davis offers a five-week entomology field course and a two-week botany field course.
Community GIS Center provides advanced GIS support for researchers; established in collaboration with Truckee River Watershed Council, U.S. Forest Service, CA Fish and Game, Desert Research Institute.
Adventure, Risk & Challenge (ARC), an intensive six-week course for motivated English Language Learner (ELL) students with leadership potential, is based at Sagehen. Local schools regularly bring students for outdoor education classes. UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science offers a one-week summer science camp for high school students.
Databases & Collections
Daily weather data (1953 to present) from National Climate Data Center; climate data (1961 to present) from Western Regional Climate Center. Streamflow/water- quality data from U.S. Geological Survey; precipitation (2001 to present) from National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Online biological inventories of amphibians, birds, bony fishes, insects, mammals, plants, and reptiles. Onsite teaching collections of birds, insects, plants, and mammals.
Special Research of National Significance
National pilot project applying spatially placed area fuel treatments (SPLATs), a new approach to managing forest fire risk, to a real-world landscape.
Keck HydroWatch Center is developing sensor networks and a data collection infrastructure to model the entire hydrologic system.