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McLaughlin Natural Reserve
US state of California
Location 26775 Morgan Valley Rd
Nearest city Lower Lake, California
Coordinates 38°52′26″N 122°25′54″W / 38.87389°N 122.43167°W / 38.87389; -122.43167Coordinates: 38°52′26″N 122°25′54″W / 38.87389°N 122.43167°W / 38.87389; -122.43167 [1]
Area 7,050 acres
Established 1993
Governing body University of California, Davis

The Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Natural Reserve is a 7,050-acre nature reserve in Napa and Lake counties of California, owned by the Homestake Mining Company. A signed agreement between Homestake Mining Company and the University of California established the reserve as a research and teaching facility in January 1993.[2]
The Ray Krause Field Station was established on the reserve in 1998 and hosts university courses and research such as geology, plant evolution and genetics, among others. Although the reserve is not open to the general public, there are workshops, lectures, and guided field hikes available.

In 1999, Homestake Mining Company was given the Corporate Habitat of the Year award by the nonprofit Wildlife Habitat Council for the company's reclamation efforts and projects. The Homestake McLaughlin Mine Habitat Program includes sensitive species protection, restoring disturbed areas and monitoring of wildlife and habitats. [3]

The reserve is named for and located at the site of the McLaughlin gold mine, which began mining operations in 1985 and ended by 1996, with the first year producing 63,836 ounces of gold.[4] "It's serving as a model for how used-up mines can have a second life," states Sylvia McLaughlin, the reserve's namesake . [5] Homestake Mining Company bought the land in 1981 from William Wilder, owner of the One Shot Mining Company which included the abandoned Manhatten Mercury Mine. The historic Manhatten mining pit became McLaughlin's. In 1992, Homestake purchased the nearby Gamble Ranch, and with a boundary adjustment, historic Knoxville as well. At the McLaughlin Natural Reserve, the town of Knoxville is a few stone walls, all that is left from a mining community of 300 people and fifty buildings during its heyday of the 1880s. [2]

In 2006 the National Science Foundation gave the University of California Natural Reserve System more than $65,000 for construction of a greenhouse at the Mclaughlin reserve which is within the UC reserve system. Greenhouse facilities are used in studies such as plant ecological genetics. [6]


External links

UC Davis-McLaughlin Natural Reserve.



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