Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves
The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves is under the direction of the Institute for Sustainable Development. Our mission is to work together with the CSU Research Foundation's Ecological Reserve System to preserve critical habitat and to provide a natural area for environmental research and education.
The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve contains 3,950 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats, including 4.5 miles of Big Chico Creek, and is home to many species of plants and animals. BCCER was created with the purchase of the Simmons Ranch in 1999 and the Henning Ranch in 2001. It is owned by the California State University, Chico, Research Foundation.
The Reserve ranges in elevation from 700 feet to 2,044 feet and contains a wide variety of habitats, including creek riffles and pools, riparian areas, oak woodlands, chaparral, pine forest, rock cliffs, and springs. These diverse habitats support more than 140 different wildlife species, including a number of listed species and species requiring large tracts of undisturbed habitat. BCCER contributes to the understanding and wise management of the earth and its natural systems by preserving critical habitat, and providing a natural area for environmental research and education.
GOALS OF THE RESERVE:
Protect and monitor on-site natural resources
Provide a site with natural resources to support research and teaching in the Chico area
Develop, upgrade and maintain databases to support research and instruction
Provide public outreach and education to the extent possible
2013 Candles in the Canyon
We're gearing up for our 10th Annual Candles in the Canyon fundraising event!
Spring 2013 BCCER Naturalist Outings
We are now taking sign-ups for the 2013 Spring Naturalist Outings at the Ecological Reserves!
2013 Spring Hunt Dates
The 2013 Spring Hunt dates are NOW available!
Our Reserve Access Management System now has a new web link! Request access to the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve here.