Bring science to life this holiday season!

Student in Pepperwood’s elementary school program

December 2018

Dear Friend,

You’ve heard it before. But we wanted to tell you ourselves, as we move toward year end…

for your committed support of Pepperwood!

Like so many other North Bay organizations affected by last year’s devastating fires, for Pepperwood 2018 was a truly challenging year.  After nearly 95% of our 3,200 acre preserve burned, recovery has been an arduous task.  Yet thanks to your amazing generosity and inspiring commitment, Pepperwood has made major strides in rebuilding our infrastructure and assisting our region in important recovery and renewal efforts.

In fact, over the past year, Pepperwood and the Dwight Center for Conservation Science have emerged as a hub for post-fire research, as our science staff and expert volunteers lead the way in filling a critical gap in understanding the mechanics of wildfire behavior and its impact on our region’s watersheds, plants and animals.  In fact, demand for our work has never been higher, as we translate these results into actionable solutions for community resilience.

Feel inspired to support this work?
Now is the perfect time:

Limited time match opportunity
Two amazing Pepperwood donors have agreed to match two for one all new or increased gifts received by year-end! Make your donation today and it will be tripled, but only until December 31, 2018.

You make Pepperwood’s world-class research and science available to address the many challenges facing our community and our planet.  Here are just some of the things you make possible.

Understanding fire behavior

Building on years of collected climate and ecological health data, with your help Pepperwood is now pioneering one of the most detailed studies on wildfire behavior and its impacts on the land in Northern California. Your support allows us to create science-based best management practices to help our communities thrive.

Mama black bear and cub at Pepperwood photographed by motion-activated camera

Restoring healthy wildlife habitat

Thanks to you, Pepperwood has led the way in using motion-activated cameras to study Bay Area wildlife, and now we’re researching how the fire impacted our wild neighbors. We’re spearheading a partnership with UC Berkeley researchers and local, state, and federal land managers to identify and protect wildlife corridors across two million acres of North Bay habitat.

Bringing science to life

From kids to adults, and grade school through post-doctoral students, Pepperwood serves over 8,000 people each year and leads the way in cutting-edge conservation education.  Last summer, teens in our TeenNat conservation internship studied fire impacts on the preserve’s redwoods. In this first-of-its-kind study designed in partnership with Save the Redwoods League, future interns will monitor our redwoods to see how these amazingly resilient trees recover over time.  From our public hikes to our award-winning program for elementary school students, our educators have incorporated fire ecology into Pepperwood’s signature immersive learning experiences.

Leading collaborations for healthy wildlands

Thanks to your support, this year Pepperwood has partnered with hundreds of universities, private landowners, and natural resource managers from local trusts, state and regional parks, and multi-county water and open space districts to develop effective strategies for keeping our wildlands healthy.  In the wake of the fires, we have conducted time-sensitive surveys and research to shape collaborative solutions for landscape recovery.  Our Sentinel Site’s array of automatic sensors provides data to dozens of research partners, to guide regional adaptation strategies.

View of Pepperwood and surrounding hills in June 2018 after the Tubbs Fire, photo by Gerald & Buff Corsi

We simply could not do any of this without you!

Your contributions provide the resources critical to Pepperwood’s operations and our leadership role in bringing science-based solutions to protect the land, water, and wildlife that we cherish.

This holiday season, we ask that you include Pepperwood in your year-end giving with a generous gift to help us continue our critical fire recovery efforts and rebuild and expand our research and educational programs.

Your gift will not only help ensure that Sonoma County continues to be an international leader in sustainability and climate resilience, but will touch the lives of thousands of people of all ages and walks of life who partner with us to learn more about the natural world and how to protect it.

Thank you for supporting Pepperwood, the resilience of the North Bay, and the future of Northern California!  

With warmest thoughts of recovery and renewal this holiday season,

Lisa Micheli, PhD, President & CEO
Pepperwood Foundation

Paul Downey, Treasurer
Pepperwood Foundation




P.S.  Your gift has never been more important!

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