"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

  • Climate-smart Habitat Corridors: a Strategy for Resilience

    Pepperwood is dedicated to advancing landscape-scale strategies for resilience, which includes promoting climate-smart habitat corridors across California and beyond. Protecting and stewarding these corridors allows water to flow along natural pathways and for animals and plants to migrate.

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  • Grasslands: Reservoirs of Biodiversity for Climate Resilience

    Did you know that you can find over 30 plant species in a single quarter-square meter plot of grasslands, and that these habitats support over 90% of the endangered plants and animals in California? Grasslands are very dynamic; they have what’s called high interannual variation, which means they do not stay the same from year to year.

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  • Sentinel Sites: Tracking Nature’s Vital Signs Locally & Globally

    Humans, as a species, aren’t alone in experiencing the destructive impacts of climate change. Our wildlife neighbors and the habitats they rely on for food, water, protection, and mates, are enduring profound climate shifts that may threaten their very existence. There is an urgent need to track and understand the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and the species therein at nested local, state, and global scales – so that we can act swiftly to protect them.

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  • Connected Lands are Resilient Lands

    As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, California is home to a globally exceptional array of plants and animals. Wildlife and their habitats have cultural and spiritual value, deliver essential ecosystem services, and support recreational benefits. In northern California’s Coast Ranges and across the West, subdivision and development splices the natural landscape into increasingly smaller fragments. For reasons we’ll explore, these disconnected landscapes offer less resilience, especially as our climate changes.

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