Download the Santa Cruz Island Reserve Emergency Operation Plan


Download the Santa Cruz Island Reserve Field Safety Plan Template


The Santa Cruz Island Reserve is a remote island with limited resources and we take safety extremely seriously.  For all groups visiting the SCIR, please read our Emergency Operations Plan carefully, download the Field Safety Plan and fill it out for the needs of your group, and prepare for on-island logistics such as transportation needs, group size, medication needs of your group, and the general abilities of all group members.  Any questions concerning safety, planning, and logistics should occur prior to your arrival and should go through SCIR Director, Dr. Jay S. Reti (

Biosecurity on Santa Cruz Island:

The California Islands contain some of the most iconic landscapes in the state and are home to an array of species found nowhere else on the planet.  Biosecurity is vital to protect these habitats and resources from the detrimental effects of invasive species.  You can help protect the native species of Santa Cruz Island by following these guidelines.

All clothing, tools, equipment and supplies should be inspected and cleaned of plant propagules and soil prior to departure from the mainland or when moving between islands.  Special attention should be paid to velcro, footwear, pant cuffs, clothing seams, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, backpacks, duffels, tents, tool joints, chainsaws, towels, wetsuits, surfboard socks/bags/leash, and duct tape rolls.

Island users should recognize that recent exposure to invasive species on the mainland should trigger additional and more thorough inspection of gear and clothing.


Code of Conduct: Expected Behavior

  • All participants, visitors, staff, students, faculty, and vendors are to be treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative. Create a space that is safe and inclusive for everyone.

  • We are living in a small community, where respect for each other and the place is required. 

  • Alert Island personnel if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Code of Conduct: Unacceptable Behavior

  • Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form.

  • Physical or verbal abuse of any participants, visitors, staff, students, faculty, neighbors, or other field station guests.

  • Verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origion.

  • Unwelcome physical contact.

  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images anywhere on Santa Cruz Island.

  • Threatening or stalking any participants, visitors, staff, students, faculty, neighbors, or other island guests.

  • Consumption of alcohol by any person under the age of 21, is prohibited.

  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response UC Policy and Website

Drone Policy UCSB Website
TNC Rules
Restrictions-Resource Protection

Hantavirus Information from CDC
Emergency Contact List
Medical-Emergency Information
Environmental Health and Safety (Search MSDS Sheets)
TICKS NPS Information Sheet

Useful Resource Publications and UC Website on Field Safety
Dive and Boat Safety-Make a Plan

4x4 Basics Handbook (The Driving Company)
UC Field Operations Safety Manual

UC Field Research Safety Website
UC Zoonotic Safety Resources

UCSB Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE)- 805-893-3778
UCSB Care Website

UCSB Ombuds Office – 805-893-3285

UCSB Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office - 805-893-2701

Firearms are prohibited on property of the Regents of UC, pursuant to the California Penal Code, Sections 629.9 (h) and 629.9 (i).