"Pepperwood's reserve sits within the traditional homeland of the Wappo people. We respect and honor past, present, and future generations of Wappo and their continued connection to this land. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather in this beautiful place and we give our respect to its first inhabitants."

Authored by Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo, Wappo, Wintun)


Pepperwood's 3,200 acre reserve serves as a refuge for over 900 species of plants and animals. We are leaders in ecosystem-climate research, producing critical science to help guide our region's natural resource management and conservation planning. Pepperwood also offers environmental education opportunities for all ages to cultivate an ethic of conservation in our North Bay region.

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Pepperwood Field Notes

  • Wild Wonders: Lichens

    By Summer Swallow – Environmental Educator. During these winter months, fungi and lichen are abundant and fascinating. I nerd out on what I notice and wonder about these fungal friends. Can you identify some of these beauties?

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  • Happy Winter, Holidays & New Year’s!

    By Sloane Shinn (Donor Relations). As one of the Pepperwood team members focused primarily on engaging our community who help bring the Pepperwood mission to life, I find myself reflecting on the years I’ve observed our community evolving alongside us…..

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  • CAL FIRE VLOG – Prescribed Burn at Pepperwood Monday 11/21

    CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, in partnership with Pepperwood, conducted a 38-acre prescribed burn on the reserve Monday, November 21. The project size targeted treatment of up to 38 acres to promote healthy forests and reduce wildfire risk on a strategic fire control ridge separating Franz Valley and the Mark West area. In the below video […]

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  • A Year in the Life: of a Grizzly Corps Research Tech

    By Makayla Freed – Grizzly Corps Fellow, Research Technician. In the past year, I’ve been in over my hard hat in forest monitoring, grassland monitoring, bear scat surveys, and much much more…

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