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Pre-Arrival Information for Potential Hastings Users
We expect that you have read and will follow the restrictions on the use of Hastings. We require an application form from researchers and prefer it several months in advance of your planned starting date and an annual update by June 30 each year. You must fill out an online application form. Researchers who plan to use radio telemetry on Hastings must check the current list of radio frequencies in use at Hastings. Contact the resident director to make sure the list is the most current before ordering radio transmitters.
We will do our best to provide any housing requested. We require 2 reprints of any research that is published from work done at Hastings. We are requiring all researchers to fill out descriptions (metadata) of any data sets they compile based on observations made at Hastings. This can be done online. Researchers are individually responsible for informing themselves about and obtaining any required state or federal permits to handle animals. All visitors must sign in at the office when you arrive and when you vacate your living quarters. An electronic gate at the entrance requires that you have the current combination. Call or write ahead for that combination. Housing consists of Hastings and Fanny's Cabins, Bunkhouse, School house, Ranch house, Red houses 1 and 2, Stucco house, and the five-bedroom Robertson house. They have kitchens, bathrooms, twin or queen size beds, and wireless internet. Phone service is available in the Bunkhouse, Roberstson house, and Ranch house. You will be assigned living quarters by the Resident Director in consultation with the resident research staff. Bring your own bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bag) and bath towels. Kitchen utensils, pots, pans and silverware, and dishes are provided. We expect residents to do their own house keeping and cleaning. A user fee of $15.00 a day per person for overnight use is required. A user fee of $100/day is charged for the use of the Conference Room. Daily users must remove all personal effects between visits. A washing machine and coin operated electric drier are available in the Bunkhouse, and washers are in the Robertson, Red and Stuccol houses.
Pets are not allowed. University of California policy is that all UC buildings are "Smoke Free". NO SMOKING IN ANY HASTINGS BUILDING IS PERMITTED Smoking is dangerous all year as the natural vegetation here is quite flammable. State law limits smoking to the interior of vehicles or in residences because the area is subject to forest and brush fires for most months of the year. Thus, smoking is permitted only in your personal vehicle. No insurance for liability or loss is provided by the University. NO CAMPFIRES or any other open fire is allowed. Vehicles are not provided.
You will need to have a vehicle to arrange for your own purchase of food, or share with others on trips to town. It takes at least 35 minutes to get to a large grocery store (mid-valley Safeway) or 50 minutes to stores in Carmel, Monterey or Salinas. Carmel Valley Village is about 25-35 minutes' drive down a very curvy paved county road. There, you can find a library, medical care, hardware shop, small grocery stores, etc. During the winter, the asphalt road on the reserve fords a stream in two places.
Firearms are not permitted; hunting and collecting are by permit only. Health hazards include poison oak, rattlesnakes (no one bitten in 50 years, but they are there), stinging ants, mountain lions, ticks (Lyme Disease), and the Hanta virus. A liability waiver form must be signed upon or before arrival. A workshop is available to residents. Some basic tools are available as well as a clean, well-lighted place to work. Some neighbors allow research on nearby private lands; inquire with manager before approaching these individual landowners for permission to enter their lands.