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Blue Dot: One of California's truly special places: Angelo Coast Range Reserve

Angelo Coast Range Reserve
Ian Shive
Angelo Coast Range Reserve

Located between Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway in Mendocino County, is one of the most pristine pieces of northern coastal range ecosystems, the University of California's Angelo Coast Range Reserve.

It is a story of pristine forests, streams and riparian corridors stewarded by over 60 years of conservation.

Host Dave Schlom talks to Reserve Caretaker Peter Steel, whose grandparents Heath and Marjorie Angelo deeded the land to the Nature Conservancy in 1959, making it the first Nature Conservancy landholding in the western United States.

Dave then visits with two scientists who have worked at the reserve for decades.

Mary Power is a food web ecologist from UC Berkeley and the Faculty Director of the reserve whose work on algae in the river ecosystems has provided incredible insights into the workings of aquatic food webs.

Her husband and longtime science partner is William Dietrich, a geomorphologist in the UCB Department of Earth and Planetary Science. Bill discusses how the complex geology of the coast range helps store and move water in fascinating ways.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.