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.

Bridging the gap between science and management

The objective of our Fire Mitigation and Forest Health 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.

Climate Ready Vegetation Management Workshop

In February of 2017, Pepperwood and the UC Berkeley Ackerly Lab hosted a workshop connecting our TBC3 science team directly with managers from local agencies, land trusts, and other groups. This workshop pioneered a scenario-based approach to adaptive management of our forests, and provided critical feedback needed to refine a set of Climate Ready tools produced in partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority to help managers better understand fire and drought risks to forest health in the face of a changing climate. The workshop also tapped into TBC3 models that project the potential declines of existing species and the potential arrivals of new species—both desirable and undesirable—on our lands. Pepperwood will provide ongoing support as science adviser to interested land managers through our Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative network.

February 2017 Workshop Proceedings

Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Workshop

In May of 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.

May 2016 Workshop Proceedings May 2016 Panelist Presentations
 

Adaptive Management Plan

In March 2017 Pepperwood released our peer-reviewed Adaptive Management Plan, a comprehensive guide detailing how we steward our landscapes, and how our management practices are informed by research conducted at our preserve. A large focus of the plan is on mitigating the risks of wildfire. Best practices outlined in the document are applicable to other open spaces throughout Northern California. A special thank you to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Pepperwood donors for supporting this monumental work.

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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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