Riding this wave together

Reflections on this period of transition and adaptation

by Lisa Micheli, President & CEO

As the skies finally clear and we can at last take a deep breath, I know we are all struggling to keep our hearts strong in the face of the losses suffered by so many dear to us in the most recent cluster of fires to hit our region. And although we’ve had a light sprinkle of rain, we’ve been under red flag warnings again – reminding us that we’re not completely out of the 2020 fire season yet. We urge you to stay safe and alert despite our fire + pandemic fatigue.

I’m reminded of being introduced to the term “Maytagged” – by a friend who is both a surfer and a climate scientist – as a way to explain how it feels when you have been overpowered by a wave and you’re not sure exactly how or when you will be able to escape.

That surfer metaphor also applies to how I feel seeing our climate projections realized in real time – our time, our kids time. It is while we are being rolled by these successive waves of climate trauma is precisely the time when we need to carefully steward our resources so we can make it back to the surface, to the light, and a brighter future.

“It took many many years to create the conditions predisposing us these firestorms we now suffer. It will take some years more for us to live through this period of transition and adaptation.”
– Michael Gillogly, Preserve Manager

As our Preserve Manager, Michael, recently reflected, it took many many years to create the conditions predisposing us these firestorms we now suffer. It will take some years more for us to live through this period of transition and adaptation. This is what adaptive management in response to a climate emergency feels like. In the face of uncertainty, Pepperwood is doubling down on evaluating how our environment is changing, and how our society is changing, to define how we can best move swiftly to adapt our communities to this new normal.

It won’t be easy, and it will take time, but Pepperwood is here for the long haul to work with our community throughout this process.

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