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Annual Impact Report for 2021 – 2022: Acknowledging Regeneration

Pepperwood's Strategic Plan 2020-2025 has two-years-worth of momentum behind it. In this issue of the Life+Landscapes fall Impact Report, we investigate our progress on the initiatives set forth in that plan. But, this fall also marks the 5th anniversary of the Tubbs Fire, and so we're also reflecting on the regeneration we've found in the wake of that tragic fire. Learn about the impact of your support as it's translated through the science and stewardship here at Pepperwood. Together we can all take action to sustain the planet that sustains us.

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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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It is your financial support that allows us to continue our mission to inspire conservation through science. You have the right to know how your donations are used. Pepperwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and prepares its own audited financial statements. The Foundation's fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30.

Clint McKay (Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, the Chair of Pepperwood’s Native Advisory Council, and cultural burn coordinator for this burn), Devyn Friedfel (Burn Boss in training and Pepperwood’s Assistant Preserve Manager), Sasha Berleman (Program Director for ACR’s Fire Forward Program and the official Burn Boss for this burn), Michael Gillogly (Pepperwood’s Preserve Manager). Photo courtesy of Ian A. Nelson.

2021-2022 (Coming Soon)

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