"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

  • In All Seriousness, Pocket Gophers are a Keystone Species

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  • Herpeto-Treasure Hunting: Adventures from the Field of Coverboard Monitoring

    “Helping out with coverboard monitoring is like a giant treasure hunt where we search for rarely seen critters that live hidden throughout the preserve,” says Bruce de Terra, a volunteer on the surprisingly thrilling coverboard monitoring project. This is his story.

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  • Vlog: Drift Fences & Tiny Critters

    Here at Pepperwood, we’re monitoring the health of our ecosystems. Wildlife monitoring takes up a big chunk of that task. Learn about an ingenious little wildlife monitoring tool called “drift fences” in this edition of Wild Wonders with educator, Julianne Bradbury.

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  • May is for Monitoring Our Grasslands

    Every spring at Pepperwood, our research team spends a half-month out in the grasslands conducting grassland monitoring. Why do we do this? Because we are monitoring the long-term health of our heroic – YES, heroic – grassland communities.

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