Projects

  • Post-fire Restoration of Coast Range Headwaters

    Post-fire Restoration of Coast Range Headwaters Pepperwood is demonstrating a model for post-fire watershed restoration directly applicable to many California habitats. Our goal is to shape and share ecologically-appropriate ways to reduce hazardous fuel loads to help minimize the impacts of catastrophic wildfires. In 2019 Pepperwood launched a three-year effort

  • Historical Ecology

    Vegetation Trends and Cycles in the Fire-Prone Landscapes of Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties Some of the most destructive and deadly wildfires in the history of the US West have recently occurred in California’s coastal Mayacamas Mountains Range spanning the counties of Lake, Napa, and Sonoma. Yet the relationship between

  • Fire Mitigation & Forest Health Workshops

    Translating what we learn at Pepperwood into usable stewardship practices for our community is one of our main objectives for our work around Fire Mitigation and Forest Health. We integrate Pepperwood’s applied science and management activities into one unified approach for forest management and demonstrate best practices on the preserve.

  • Feel The Burn

    Over the past 30 years, California wildfires have increased in size and number. Although many plants, animals, and ecosystem processes benefit from fire, it is unknown how wildlife populations respond to severe wildfire, or which features promote population recovery and resilience. Our project will conduct a regional-scale analysis to evaluate

  • Wildfire Fuel Mapper

    What’s needed to reduce fire risk? A coordinated regional approach is needed to manage fire fuels and protect local communities, ecosystems, and infrastructure from wildfire. Pepperwood and the University of California Cooperative Extension have created the Wildfire Fuel Mapper – an online application that supports forest management efforts, with a

  • Climate Monitoring

    Pepperwood measures precipitation on the preserve and how it flows through the landscape. A network of sensors located across the preserve measures things like rainfall, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, leaf wetness, and fog. We’re one of only a handful of sites in the entire Bay Area equipped with soil moisture

  • Forest Monitoring

    The forest monitoring study at Pepperwood is creating a vital baseline for the health of Northern California forests that will be valuable to researchers for decades to come. In the short term, the data we’re collecting is helping us understand the effects of extreme weather events like California’s historic drought. Pepperwood

  • Fog Mapping & Modeling

    Summertime fog is a major modifier of the climatic condition along the California coast and has significant effects on human and ecological coastal communities.  Marine stratocumulus and fog  alter evapotranspiration rates, provide substantial moisture for coastal plants, modify stream temperatures, and strongly affect the distribution of plants and animals in

  • Stream Flow Enhancement

    Thanks to funding from California’s Wildlife Conservation Board, Pepperwood is conducting a streamflow enhancement project. We are testing the hypothesis that forest thinning may increase water yield by using a paired watershed approach. We will compare the amount of water in the air, in the ground, and in our streams