Updates from the Pepperwood community

  • Appreciating & Protecting Biodiversity

    Did you know that the gray fox – a member of the dog family – can climb a tree like a cat? And I mean a vertical tree, not a sloped trunk that an acrobatic dog can clamber onto. Thanks to a set of strong, hooked claws…

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  • Partnership Spotlight: Latino Service Providers

    Pepperwood’s partnership with Latino Service Providers (LSP) began just as the pandemic was taking hold. Leaders from both of these organizations were pivoting to accommodate virtual youth programs, and brainstormed how we could work together to combine programs to maximize impact on local youth…

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  • Restoring Our Collective Spirit at TeenNat

    Though this summer our cohort was smaller than most years to accommodate COVID-19 safety concerns, the smaller group still made a BIG impression on me…

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  • Searching for Bear Sign

    Ahh Ursus americanus – the American Black Bear. These bears are native to all North America and are without a doubt one of our most iconic terrestrial species living today. To better understand our bear populations, a team of scientists led by Steven Hammerich have journeyed deep into the preserve to look for signs of bear…

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  • What does it mean to participate in the CA Biodiversity Network?

    Pepperwood was a founding organization of the CA Biodiversity Network joining over 45 other nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and state and federal agencies to unite in synergistic action.

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  • TBC3 – Understanding Cycles of Fire, Water and Life

    In July we held the annual convening of our Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative. Despite the complexity of the title, it’s been an enduring collaboration for over 12 years, with scientists working across disciplines studying land, water and wildlife.

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  • Diversifying the Future of Conservation

    Steven has had the privilege of working with nineteen different interns, and each of them has brought something unique to the Wildlife Picture Index project through the Conservation Science Internship.

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  • Learning How Forest Stewardship Affects Our Watersheds

    The primary objective of our land stewardship at Pepperwood is to cultivate healthier ecosystems. We are testing the hypothesis that forest thinning may increase water yield by using a paired watershed approach. This study, investigating the relationships between forest stewardship and watershed response, is the first of its kind in our region.

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