in the Sacramento Valley, the Jepson Prairie Reserve is an island
of remnant natural prairie in a wide alluvial floodplain used primarily
for agriculture. The reserve protects one of the best few remaining
vernal-pool habitats, which are found only in the western United
States and few other places in the world, as well as precious remnants
of native bunchgrass prairie that once covered one-fourth of California.
The site provides the only known home for the federally threatened
delta green ground beetle and federally and state endangered Solano
grass. The reserve land is owned by the Solano Land Trust; UC Davis
provides a supporting role in reserve management.
The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and
wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level
teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.
The REMOTE goal at Jepson Prairie is to provide baseline data and access to data to further