Pepperwood presenting at North Coast Forest Conservation Conference

Pepperwood’s President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Micheli, is presenting at the 2017 North Coast Forest Conservation Conference held June 7-9, 2017 at the Santa Rosa Junior College. This inspirational forum—focused on California’s coast region counties spanning from Sonoma all the way to the Oregon border—brings together scientists, foresters, landowners, students and the public to:

  • Learn about the state of our forests
  • Explore trends and possible futures
  • Share diverse perspectives and innovations, and
  • Discover opportunities for action and collaboration.

On Friday, conference participants have the option to visit one of three field trip locations including Pepperwood, where our Research and Preserve Management team will lead a tour of our Sentinel Site network and share our work towards healthy, resilient landscapes.

Description of Dr. Micheli’s presentation

Advancing Adaptive Forest Management in the Inner Coast Ranges: Pepperwood’s TBC3 Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative

Pepperwood’s Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) develops applied science products for land and water managers responsible for adaptive management of forests in California’s Coast Ranges. This presentation will provide highlights from recent climate change adaptation assessments and workshops that look at fire mitigation and forest health in the context of a changing climate. Dr. Micheli will summarize some take home messages from recent facilitated exchanges between the scientific community and vegetation managers operating in public and private contexts.

Description of June 9th field trip to Pepperwood

Pepperwood is a 3,200 acre living laboratory dedicated to developing, scientifically testing and promoting land management practices that improve landscape health, wildlife resiliency and effective partnerships with our diverse community. On this field trip we will walk among oak woodlands and mixed hardwood forests that have been thinned and prepped for prescribed fire, visit forest monitoring plots established to document vegetation response to fire, and discuss our in-depth work with our Native Advisory Council, CAL FIRE, private forest contractors and the California Conservation Corps. We will visit one of 50 woody vegetation monitoring plots set up by the UC Berkeley Ackerly Lab to document plant response to climate change. You will learn about tools developed by the Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative to better understand how the changing climate may be affecting your forests as well as learn about Pepperwood’s Sentinel Site program that utilizes cutting edge technology to measure, record and analyze biological and abiotic data to understand how our landscapes are impacted by climate and management actions.

Michael Gillogly, Preserve Manager, Pepperwood
Celeste Dodge, Systems Ecologist, Pepperwood
Michelle Halbur, Preserve Ecologist, Pepperwood
Meagan Oldfather, Ackerly Lab, UC Berkeley

This conference is hosted by the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group in partnership with Sonoma Land Trust.

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