Stewarding Forests for Wildlife and Fire Resilience

Saturday, February 26, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm

$20 per person ($10 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 13 and up welcome 
Meet at the Dwight Center

Are you a landowner with the desire to steward forests for fire resilience and to benefit wildlife? In this workshop, you can learn from Pepperwood’s Preserve Manager – Michael Gillogly, and Assistant Preserve Manager – Devyn Friedfel. Pepperwood has been experimenting with forest thinning and prescribed fire to optimize forest health. Come learn how to manage vegetation in different forest types, how to deal with the slash, how wildfire responds to different treatments, what is the best response to fire killed trees, and what funding sources are available for forest stewardship. We will visit sites throughout the preserve and discuss our techniques and lessons learned following the Tubbs and Kincade fires. We will explore the benefits and challenges of using prescribed fire, and visit a recently burned prescribed fire forest plot. 

This event will include hiking short distances off trail on uneven and hilly terrain in order to reach demonstration sites. We will carpool to get to the demonstration sites around the preserve, please be prepared to wear a mask while in shared vehicles. It will go on in light rain, though heavy storms will cancel.

All events will align with the current regional health guidelines. Please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it when indoors (in the bathrooms), and when 6 feet of courtesy distance cannot be maintained from others. In case of cancellation due to weather or health safety measures, refunds will be offered.

BA, CSU Sacramento (Environmental Studies)

Michael first came to Pepperwood in 1994 to serve as the California Academy of Sciences’ Land Steward and Resident Biologist. Michael was promoted to Preserve Manager under the auspices of the newly established Pepperwood Foundation in 2005. As manager, Michael manages Pepperwood’s biological resources, oversees restoration and maintenance projects, directs field operations, and coordinates with researchers. Michael has led eco-tourism trips in Alaska and California and guides white water rafting expeditions throughout the western U.S. He lives on site at the preserve with his wife and their son.

BA, UC Santa Cruz (Environmental Studies and Economics)

Devyn Friedfel was born and raised in the Russian River area where he grew up learning to love the beauty and diversity of Sonoma County. While attending the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), Devyn organized volunteer restoration work days at Shone Farm to help control invasive plants and promote native species. Through the SRJC he had an opportunity to visit Pepperwood and dreamt of someday working there. Devyn moved to Santa Cruz County to finish his bachelor’s degree, then worked up and down the central coast with the UC Natural Reserve System, while simultaneously working as a field biologist for two environmental consulting companies. After 5 years of deeply missing Sonoma County he is happy to be back and a member of Pepperwood team. At Pepperwood, Devyn supports Preserve Manager Michael Gillogly in managing natural resources and infrastructure. He also runs our volunteer workdays in the field and assists with research.

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Early bird registration for Friends of Pepperwood begins at 9am on Monday, December 6, 2021. Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Engagement, at or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, December 13, 2021.

For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at or (707) 591-9310 x 124.