Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Reserve Information

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Contact Information

Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara
Natural Reserve System

1016 Mt. Morrison Road
Mammoth Lakes 93546
(805) 893-5698


ALL visitors must sign and return a waiver agreement prior to visiting a reserve.
If your application is approved, the group leader (person who is listed as contact for the requested activity) will be responsible for ensuring that all necessary waivers are submitted to reserve staff prior to the proposed visit. Waiver agreements for minors must be signed by the parent or legal gardian.

Main Waiver
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Spanish Language Waiver
Renuncia de responsabilidad, asunción de riesgo y acuerdo de indemnización.
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Group Signature Form
- If you have a group of adults, you may attach this Group Signature Form to the Reserve Waiver.
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Multi-Reserve Waiver
- If you plan to visit more than one reserve, you may use this Multi-Reserve waiver form.
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Photo Consent Form
- Consent for the University to use all and any images or sounds of you appearing in photographs, videos, or audio tape recordings taken on the reserve
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Reserve Rules and Regulations

Use of the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR), including the two component sites at Valentine Camp and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL), is limited to bona fide research and class use and must be coordinated with the reserve director at SNARL. There is an educational coordinator on site to work with K-12 groups and community field trips. All applications to visit the reserve must be approved by the reserve director prior to the initial visit.
Carol Blanchette, Reserve Director
Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve: SNARL
Mt. Morrison Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 805-893-5698

*Important: users will be charged for the dates and the number of people they book at the time of application, unless they bring more people or stay longer.
*Payment may be made by UC recharge, by invoicing your college or university department, or by personal check.
*Please do not bring cash.
*If part of a large group, please arrange for one individual to pay for the group.

* Applications should be submitted to the reserve director for his approval at least three weeks prior to the intended visit.
* You must file a separate application for each purpose:
Research projects: if you have more than one research project, a separate application must be filed for each project. It is important to indicate on the application the approximate duration of the proposed research project. Approved applications are valid for one field season only (from date of approval through June 30) but may be renewed annually via the web for the duration estimated on the application.
Field trip and class-use: a separate application must be submitted for each visit. If class housing is required, there is a two night minimum.
* Each Non-UC, overnight visitor to the reserve must sign and return a release agreement prior to visiting the reserve. Release agreements for minors must be signed by then parent or legal guardian. It is the responsibility of the group leader (the person who signs the application) to find out who in their group must sign a release agreement and to insure that they are on file with the reserve director prior to the proposed visit.

A strain of Hantavirus has recently been found in the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), the most common mouse in this region. The disease caused by this virus is called HARDS which stands for Hantavirus Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The virus is one of a family of viruses carried by rodents and communicable to humans.
In response to this concern, the University is making every effort to reduce and avoid contact between users of the reserve and mice. However, this effort requires assistance from you, the reserve users, and we are requesting your help and cooperation, especially by complying with the suggested risk reduction and cleanup guidelines.
It is your responsibility to go to this Web Link and learn what your steps are needed in regards to protecting reserve users form Hantavirus. ON HANTAVIRUS

The overnight facilities at SNARL will accommodate 45 persons. Short-term use by larger groups can be arranged. Cooking, sleeping, and sanitation facilities are available. Users are expected to furnish their own food, bedding, vehicles, and equipment.
SNARL has considerable laboratory bench space and is outfitted with wet and dry labs, conference center, offices, computer facilities, and a library. Convict Creek, as it flows through SNARL, is divided into channels with a set of dams and weirs for manipulative studies. In addition, a diversion supplies water to a set of 9 artificial channels 1m x 50m long. Contact the reserve director for more information. Applicants who require equipment or scientific supplies should plan to bring whatever they need to accomplish their research. Limited tools and shop space are available at SNARL. Storage space may be rented on a space available basis.
Winter users at SNARL should be prepared for harsh, alpine winter conditions. Winters in Long Valley may range from mild with relatively warm temperatures and light snowfall to very heavy snowfall with temperatures hitting -20 degrees F. The 1.5 mile road from Highway 395 will be kept open by the steward; however, occasional heavy storms may close the road. Chains or 4-wheel drive are required.

Research projects must be related to the geographic area. Spouses and family members not engaged in research will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Public accommodations, including campgrounds, are available in the Mammoth and Convict Lake areas.
Upon arrival at the reserve please read the posted information and Emergency Action Plan in each residence for detailed information.
All firearms are prohibited on any University of California property of the Regents of UC at any time, pursuant to the California Penal Code, Sections 629.9 (h) and 629.9 (i).
In an effort to keep our facility use rates low no janitorial services are provided. Users are expected to leave residences, labs, offices, and shops cleaner than they found them. In this way conditions will improve instead of degrade. Cleaning supplies are provided in all buildings. Failure to adequately cleanup will result in cleaning fees and prejudice future visits by the group.
Annual Summary of Research Project: Please provide the following by June 30 of each year (the summary and list of publications will be published in the NRS Annual Report and on the NRS systemwide Web Page):
* A brief summary of your research accomplishments, including the title of the project, a list of all participants on the project with their affiliations.
* A list of your current publications based on research done on the reserve (complete references).
* Two copies of all published materials, including conference proceedings, abstracts, and technical reports (one bound copy only of theses and dissertations), resulting from your research. Please acknowledge the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESERVE SYSTEM, UCSB VALENTINE EASTERN SIERRA RESERVE in any publication resulting from use of the reserve.
* Source of funding for your project, dates of funding, and the funding amount.



UC Rate 2017-18 Non-UC Rate 2017-18
Lodging (daily) (per night) $ 16.00 $ 25.04
Lodging (monthly first person) (per month) $ 365.00 $ 571.23
Lodging (monthly additional person) (per month) $ 160.00 $ 250.40
Lodging (class rate, 2 night minimum) (per night) $ 12.00 $ 18.78
Laboratory space (daily) (per day) $ 14.00 $ 21.91
Laboratory space (monthly) (per month) $ 268.00 $ 419.42
QPCR (per unit) $ 7.00 $ 10.96
Office space (daily) (per day) $ 10.00 $ 15.65
Office space (monthly) (per month) $ 147.00 $ 230.06
Page Center full day (per use) $ 96.00 $ 150.24
Page Center AV Use/Orientation (per use) $ 40.00 $ 62.60
Page Center large group cleaning fee (per use) $ 40.00 $ 62.60
Storage unit (per month) $ 42.00 $ 65.73
Stream channels (per channel) (per month) $ 56.00 $ 87.64
Reserve Director Assistance (by hour) (per unit) $ 90.00 $ 140.85
Steward assistance (by hour) (per unit) $ 60.00 $ 93.90
Administrative Assistance (per hour) $ 43.00 $ 67.30
Classroom use (per session) $ 40.00 $ 62.60


Take US 395 south toward Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, CA. Do not take the Mammoth Lakes turnoff (Highway 203) off 395. As you pass the Mammoth turnoff note the reading on your odometer. Proceed another 5.5 miles and you will see a small green church on the left side of the highway. Stay on 395 one-half (0.5) mile past the church and turn RIGHT on Mt. Morrison Rd. Proceed to the end of Mt. Morrison Rd. (ca. 1 mile) and you will be at SNARL.

Take US 395 north to Bishop, CA. As you head north out of Bishop look for a Shell gas station at the junction of US 395 and Highway 6. Note the reading on your odometer and proceed north on 395. At 31.3 miles you will pass a turnoff signed "Crowley Lake Drive/Long Valley". The turn to SNARL, Mt. Morrison Rd., is the next turn on the LEFT, at 32.5 miles. Proceed to the end of Mt. Morrison Rd. (ca. 1 mile) and you will be at SNARL.

From SNARL return to US 395 and turn LEFT (north). Proceed 6.0 miles to the Mammoth Lakes turnoff, Highway 203. Turn LEFT on 203 and continue approximately 2 miles to the first traffic signal, Old Mammoth Road. Turn LEFT and stay on Old Mammoth Road for 2.2 miles. Valentine is on the RIGHT marked by a wood sign and a paved driveway leading to a gate. The gate is unlocked. The Caretaker, Cabot Thomas, lives in the first set of cabins on the left. The speed limit on the interior Valentine Road is strictly enforced at 5 mph.

Distances from Bishop to SNARL (starting from the Shell Gas station at Hwy 6):
Barlow signal 1.5 mi.
Crowley Lake Drive/Long Valley 31.3 mi.
Mt. Morrison Road 32.5 mi.

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