Pepperwood is Delivering on Resilience-building

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At the close of our 2020–21 fiscal year, here at Pepperwood we are reflecting on what it will take to resolve the big challenges facing our community. With its roots in the Latin resolvere, meaning “to loosen, undo, or settle,” resolve seems a particularly fitting theme for a year when many of our most familiar routines and trusted institutions literally came apart. In this report, learn about the impact YOU helped to achieve by supporting us in sustaining the planet that sustains us.

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We are in the midst of a major social and ecological transformation as we strive to adapt to our changing climate in a way that is just and humane. Despite the struggle and challenge of our times, we have been busier than ever to support nature as a resource for everyone in our community.

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We’ve come a long way in ten years. We’re demonstrating new models for nature-based community resilience. We know that well-managed land provides abundant and pure drinking water, clean air, a home for plants and animals, and a resource for our mental and physical health. Healthy open spaces also provide protection from natural disasters -- fire, floods, and drought -- while absorbing carbon and protecting the earth’s atmosphere.

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Last year the Tubb's Fire pointed our research, stewardship and education activities in a different direction, and our Team has embraced the challenge. In response to our community’s desire for a better understanding of wildfire, Pepperwood is utilizing our recently burned preserve as a living laboratory for studying fire impacts.

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Our work has become more important than ever to help frame long-term, science-based solutions to make our communities more resilient in the face of future extreme events. We are serving as science advisors in our community’s response to the 2017 wildfires, maximizing our role as a living laboratory in the heart of the Tubbs Fire burn zone, and through it all, providing a place for healing in nature.

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Megan Scheeline of CAL FIRE and Sasha Berleman (UC Berkeley) with Pepperwood Preserve Ecologist, Michelle Halbur, and Pepperwood Operations and Finance Manager, Cassandra Liu at a prescribed burn of Pepperwood’s grasslands in June 2016.

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