Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative

Made possible by our community

In response to the devastation caused by the 2015 Valley Fire, Pepperwood asked our community to help us launch a new initiative to reduce wildfire risks and make our region's open spaces more resilient in the face of climate change. Thanks to your incredible support, Pepperwood has been able to take big strides towards mitigating wildfire risks and improving the health of our region's forests.

The objective of this initiative is to integrate multiple threads of Pepperwood’s applied science and management activities into one unified approach to forest health. Our goal is to demonstrate best practices on the preserve and to leverage Pepperwood’s role in research, outreach, collaborations, and technical advising to expand these throughout our region.

Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Workshop

On May 20, 2016, Pepperwood hosted a day-long invitational workshop to bridge from science to practice in managing North Coast range forest and chaparral ecosystems in the face of climate change and fire. Sixty-five scientists and land managers came together to share their expertise and create a framework for future collaboration around fire mitigation and forest health.

The workshop was made possible by a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management focused on climate adaptation in our multi-jurisdictional landscape. Individual donors also provided critical match support via contributions to Pepperwood’s 2016 Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative.

Workshop Proceedings

A detailed Proceedings from the workshop is available below. It provides an overview of workshop objectives, panel topics, discussion summaries, references, and a list of attendees. 

May 20, 2016 Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Workshop Proceedings

Panelist Presentations

Click on the links below to access copies of the presentations given by workshop panelists.

Overview of Fire Ecology and Forest Management
Scott Stephens (UC Berkeley) - Overview of Vegetation and Fire Regimes
Jon Keeley (US Geological Survey) - Vegetation Recovery

Vegetation Management in Fire Prone Ecosystems
Megan Scheeline (CAL FIRE) - CAL FIRE Vegetation Management
Michael Gillogly (Pepperwood) - Management at Pepperwood Preserve
Kate Wilkin (UC Berkeley) - Chaparral Fire Hazard

Integrating Carbon Sequestration into Vegetation Management
John Battles (UC Berkeley) - How California Counts Carbon
Scott Kelly (The Conservation Fund) - Carbon Sequestration in Forests 
Matt Clark (Sonoma State U.) - Remote Sensing for Forest Monitoring

Post-fire Ecosystem Response
Lorrie Flint (US Geological Survey) - Changes in Hydrology
Heath Bartosh and Brian Peterson (Nomad Ecology) - Morgan Fire Impacts 
Jennifer Gibson (National Park Service) - Diversity of Plant Communities

Impacts of Climate Change on Local Forests and Chaparral
Whitney Albright (CA Dept. Fish & Wildlife) - Impacts of Climate Change
Jessica Wright (US Forest Service) - Adaptation in a Changing Climate
Lisa Micheli (Pepperwood) - Climate Ready North Bay

Hear what the community has to say about this initiative

The Bureau of Land Management considered our May 20th, 2016 Workshop collaboration a big success! Read about it in a BLM News.Bytes article by Miriam Morrill, Climate Adaptation Planner, for the BLM California State Office.

Guy Kovner and Alvin Jordana from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat covered Pepperwood's prescribed burn on June 10th, 2016. Read the story here.


Get the latest update on Pepperwood's Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative from our blog below.

Thank you for making Pepperwood's Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative possible with your generous support!

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