Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy

25344 County Road 95
Davis, CA 95616


To preserve wilderness and promote biological diversity, native habitat research, and education about environmental stewardship.

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Quail Ridge Reserve (QRR) overlooking Lake Berryessa in Napa County, CA, is one of the few nearly unscathed natural areas left in the California Coast Ranges. The Reserve's 2000 acres support stands of black oak, blue oak, interior live oak, oracle oak, scrub oak, and valley oak. Trees shade deer trails that wind through native California bunchgrasses--grasses that once flourished on 25 million acres but are rarely seen today. QRR has many magnificent stands of these elegant perennial grasses, with up to 15 different species identified to date. The Reserve is also home to a host of other native plants and animals.

The Reserve is comprised of complex biological communities that are increasingly difficult to find anywhere in the state. For this reason, it is of special interest to biologists and ecologists who wish to study still functioning ecosystems, in part to  better understand what might be done to restore damaged ones elsewhere. The Reserve is also of interest to educators, from kindergarten through university, who wish their students to experience, first-hand, native California Coast Range habitat. And it is of interest to the general public, as a site not too distant from urban centers in  northern California, where people can see the beauty and feel the tranquility of undisturbed California landscapes. The Reserve is one of 36 reserves in the state designated as a natural reserve of the University of California.

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