"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

  • Interview with Pepperwood’s GrizzlyCorps Fellows

    By Stephanie Beard – Communications Coordinator. This month we celebrated AmeriCorps Week. AmeriCorps is a government agency that focuses on uniting individuals who choose to participate in service to their community. There are different programs for different age groups, but a lot of people choose to do a service “gap year” before or after college. I know, because I was one of those people!

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  • Wild Wonders: Mushrooms

    By Summer Swallow – Environmental Educator. Did you know that about 95% of flowering plants have a mutually beneficial relationship with fungi? That makes this Kingdom of organisms a fascinating study for the curious-minded. Let’s dive deeper into this Wild Wonder together!

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  • VLOG – Native Advisory Councils (feat. Clint McKay)

    In this video by Redbud Resource Group, Clint McKay discusses the intention, function, and design of the Native Advisory Council at Pepperwood, located in his tribal territory (Wappo), Santa Rosa, California.

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  • Mentorship, Service, and Community in Conservation

    By Lisa Micheli (President & CEO). January is National Mentoring Month and the month when we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., who more than 60 years ago declared “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”…

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