UCSB UCSB’s Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves has received a $1 million grant from the Tambour Foundation, the university announced in a news release on Monday.
The grant will be used to “support students, staff and researchers, and outreach programs for all ages, as well as essential infrastructure projects at the two research outposts,” according to the news release.
The VESR includes the156-acre Valentine Camp in Mammoth Lake and the 55-acre Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory located nearby.
The university credited Ruth and Roger MacFarlane with facilitating the donation, as they approached the Tambour Foundation for a potential gift to the VESR.
“The Tambour Foundation’s transformative investment supports vital infrastructure projects, promotes ecological and environmental research through support of fellowships and scholarships, and ensures that elementary school children and community members have the opportunity to learn about the Eastern Sierra environment and natural history at the reserve,” UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang said in the news release. “We are deeply grateful to the Tambour Foundation, and to Roger and Ruth MacFarlane for their advocacy for the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves and this visionary and generous gift.”