Planning Group

The Sagehen Reserve Program Planning Advisory Group (SRPPAG) is a joint university/agency/community initiative that brings together individuals from three universities, six government agencies (federal, state, and local), and several nonprofit organizations and community groups to help guide the station’s future.

To learn more about SRPPAG, including meeting schedules, please contact the Sagehen Creek Field Station Manager.

Sagehen operations & management:

Additional Sagehen publications available here.

This is a planning document that provides the general layout design for new facilities required to meet current station needs & to fulfill the Sagehen Vision, below. More information here. Video fly-throughs here.

This vision for the Sagehen Creek Field Station is intended to guide discussions that will lead to a long-term management plan. It describes what the field station is like today and how we will create this management plan. It identifies five long-term goals and lists ideas about what facilities, staff and programs are needed to achieve them.

The goals of the plan are:

  1. To provide for the day-to-day operation of the facility;
  2. To outline management policies for research, education and outreach;
  3. To acquaint the local community, the University community, other academic entities, government agencies, and other potential users with current and future research and education opportunities at Sagehen, while at the same time encouraging further suggestions for management, development and operations;
  4. To anticipate and plan for future use and visitor needs.

Broad guiding principles:

National Research Council. 2014. Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the Twenty-First Century. National Academies Press.

Tydecks, et al, 2016. Biological Field Stations: A Global Infrastructure for Research, Education and Public EngagementBioScience (2016) doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv174

Billick, I., I. Babb, B. Kloeppel, J. C. Leong, J. Hodder, J. Sanders, and H. Swain. 2013. Field Stations and Marine Laboratories of the Future: A Strategic Vision. National Association of Marine Laboratories and Organization of Biological Field Stations. Available at

Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including Aichi Biodiversity Targets

National Research Council. 2001. Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences. National Academies Press.

  • Safety

UC Berkeley Training Plan for Hazardous Materials

  • Misc. Facilities Design Plans

Annual and Management Reports

Hensley,1945.A Progress Report on Beaver Management in California.Calif. Fish and Game, 32:87-99 
Needham , P. R.1951.A Progress Report on the Sagehen Creek Experimental Wildlife and Fisheries Project, 1951.4 photos8 pp.
1952.A Second Progress Report on the Sagehen Creek Experimental Wildlife and Fisheries Project, 1952. 8 pp.
Usinger, R. L. and P. R. Needham1953.A Plan for the Biological Phases of the Periodic Stream Sampling Program.Calif. State Water Pollution Control Board-Calif. Dept. Fish & Game
Standard Agreement No. 1D-757
5 pp.
Dec. 31, 1953.
1954.A Plan for the Biological Phases of the Periodic Stream Sampling Program – Final ReportCalif. State Water Pollution Control Board-Calif. Dept. Fish & Game
Standard Agreement No. 1D-757
59 pp.
June 30, 1954.
Needham , P. R.1955.A Third Progress Report on the Sagehen Creek Project.7 photos14 pp.
1958.A Report to the Trustees of the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation on the Sagehen Creek Project [fourth progress report].Univ. Calif. , Zoology-Fisheries Section, Berkeley .14 pp.
1963.A Fifth Progress Report on the Sagehen Creek Wildlife and Fisheries Project.Dept. of Zool., Univ. Calif. Berkeley .42 pp.
Leopold, A. S.1967.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 1966. Jan. 1, 1967.
1971.Sagehen Creek Field Station: The First Twenty Years Univ. Calif. , Berkeley .May, 1971.
West, C. I.1981.Management Options for the Sagehen Creek Basin, Tahoe National Forest, California. [contains extensive background information & metadata]UCB, Master of Forestry 
Barrett, R. H.1989.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 1988.  
1990.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 1989.  
1991.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 1990.  
1992.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 1991 .  
Kirchner, J., J. Brown and F. Felix2005.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 2003-04. 34 pp.
Feb. 2005.
2005.Annual Report, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 2004-05. July 2005.
2007.Annual Report Highlights, Sagehen Creek Field Station, 2006-07. June 2008.
2008.Research Unit Biennial Director’s Report, FY06-08UCB-Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research20 pp.
2013.Sagehen Annual Report, FY2012-13UCB-Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research9pp.
Moritz, C. and D. Greenbaum2005.Information Technology and Biodiversity Informatics
for the Berkeley Natural History Museums
in the 21st Century:
A Review and Strategic Plan by BNHM and MIP
Dapolito, D. A.2005.Mountain Lake Environment Center Planning Project.
Hughes, S. S.2006.UC’s Sagehen Creek Field Station at Fifty,” an oral history conducted in 2004.Regional Oral History
Office, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
150 pp.
Staff2008.Master Plan for UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee CA.Cathexes Architecture28 pp.
Bowie, R., J. Brown and F. Felix2015.Sagehen Biennial Report, FY 2013-15UCB-Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research44 pp.

Forest Service Agreements and Guiding Documents

This document includes extensive descriptions of Sagehen Creek and nearby watersheds, including Alder Creek and Independence Creek. Included are lists of sensitive plants, and descriptions of designated Special Interest Areas (SIAs), like the Mason Fen and Sagehen Headwaters. There are also discussions of additional recommended SIAs.

Sagehen Experimental Forest

Grant proposals

A successful proposal to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for funding to under-burn the Sagehen Forest treatment areas.

A successful proposal to upgrade radio communications linking Sagehen to the other CSFRS research areas in the North Fork of the American River headwaters.

A successful, extensive proposal to enhance data collection & communication capabilities at all the UCNRS field stations & reserves, including Sagehen.

A successful application that includes extensive information about Sagehen’s Adventure-Risk-Challenge outreach program.

This unsuccessful grant application is a request for funding to purchase a snow cat & build a maintenance structure. The document includes extensive information about Sagehen facility & programs.

Successful NSF FSML Planning Grant proposal. Includes list of current SRPPAG members, facility description, goals, research target areas & 5-year station use history.

Central Sierra Field Research Stations (CSFRS)

Forest Projects


This is the final report on the SPLAT research project in Sagehen Basin. Includes description of methods, maps & summary of findings.

Sagehen Forest Project…
Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative…

Other Projects

Sagehen Fish Barriers…
Sagehen Collections…

Hydrology Program Development

Meeting Notes…

Meeting agenda: February 5, 2003
Meeting minutes: February 5, 2003
Hydrology Meeting notes: August 18, 2003