"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

  • Questions about Good Fire

    While most of our friends and neighbors have shared their enthusiasm for the integration of “Good Fire” into Pepperwood’s stewardship, some have also expressed concerns – especially about impacts on local air quality. Here are some resources to answer questions we’ve heard from during this year’s prescribed fire season.

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  • Good Fire for California

    By Michael Gillogly (Preserve Manager). California is a fire-adapted place; in fact, it needs periodic fire to thrive. It is not our choice whether California will burn, but we do have an active role in affecting how it will burn….

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  • VLOG: Meet the People Who Brought Cultural Burning Back to Pepperwood

    Clint McKay’s people have known this land since time immemorial. The Wappo People have been tending the place we now call Pepperwood with intentional fire known as cultural burning for so long that it has shaped the landscape we see today. Meet the people who brought cultural burning back to Pepperwood in this vlog.

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