Projects

  • Herpetofauna & Invertebrate Coverboards

    Tracking nature’s health indicators over time In association with a post-fire forest restoration project funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pepperwood has installed over 90 coverboards distributed throughout the reserve. Coverboards are square pieces of plywood that rest on the forest floor, installed flush with the soil,

  • Sentinel Site

    Tracking nature’s health indicators over time Pepperwood serves as a Watershed Sentinel Site dedicated to tracking ecosystem health over time by systematically monitoring things like weather, soil moisture, stream flow, and the diversity and vitality of local plant and animal populations. Over 80 projects onsite are run by a combination

  • TBC3 – Terrestrial Biodiversity & Climate Change Collaborative

    Pepperwood’s Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) is a vibrant collective of university, non-profit and government experts focused on bringing the best available science to inform climate adaptation strategies for natural resources in California’s Coast Ranges. TBC3 is co-chaired by Pepperwood and UC Berkeley. View the Fact Sheet (pdf)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Breeding Bird Survey

    Initiated in 2007, the annual Pepperwood Breeding Bird Survey is conducted three times during the April to June breeding season. Two of the four monitoring transects have significant grassland habitat. Volunteers play an integral role in this study of local bird species, generating data essential to our understanding of how

  • Mayacamas to Berryessa Landscape Connectivity Network

    The Mayacamas to Berryessa Landscape Connectivity Network (M2B) is a public-private collaboration between land trusts, open space and park districts, state and federal land managers, and researchers committed to addressing the landscape-level climate and conservation needs of Northern California’s Inner Coast Ranges. This landscape-level network spans from the Mayacamas Mountains

  • Wildlife Picture Index

    In 2012, Pepperwood established North America’s first Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) grid of motion-activated cameras. Citizen scientists help maintain 20+ cameras located around the preserve, and also play a major role in cataloging photos into a database that helps us understand our local animal populations and how they are shifting