Updates from the Pepperwood community

  • CAL FIRE VLOG – Prescribed Burn at Pepperwood Monday 11/21

    CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, in partnership with Pepperwood, conducted a 38-acre prescribed burn on the reserve Monday, November 21. The project size targeted treatment of up to 38 acres to promote healthy forests and reduce wildfire risk on a strategic fire control ridge separating Franz Valley and the Mark West area. In the below video […]

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  • Questions about Good Fire

    While most of our friends and neighbors have shared their enthusiasm for the integration of “Good Fire” into Pepperwood’s stewardship, some have also expressed concerns – especially about impacts on local air quality. Here are some resources to answer questions we’ve heard from during this year’s prescribed fire season.

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  • Good Fire for California

    By Michael Gillogly (Preserve Manager). California is a fire-adapted place; in fact, it needs periodic fire to thrive. It is not our choice whether California will burn, but we do have an active role in affecting how it will burn….

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  • VLOG: Meet the People Who Brought Cultural Burning Back to Pepperwood

    Clint McKay’s people have known this land since time immemorial. The Wappo People have been tending the place we now call Pepperwood with intentional fire known as cultural burning for so long that it has shaped the landscape we see today. Meet the people who brought cultural burning back to Pepperwood in this vlog.

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  • New York Times VLOG: Meet the People Burning California to Save It

    Back in July of 2021, the New York Times did a short film and explainer about the need for controlled burning in California. They speak to several questions that frequently arise around controlled burning, and they address the problems that arise around implementing more controlled burning throughout the state.

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  • TBC3 2022: The Dynamics of Live Fuel Moisture and Fire Behavior

    By Eve Lynch (Communications Intern). The Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists who are studying the ever-evolving questions and emerging science of monitoring and understanding climate change on a local level….

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  • The Power of Language and Nature

    By Stephanie Gonzalez (Bilingual Environmental Educator). My relationship with the Spanish language has been a complex one. Growing up, I didn’t understand the value of knowing another language…

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  • Supporting and Enhancing Biodiversity (vlog)

    By Michelle Halbur (Preserve Ecologist). One of our main goals at Pepperwood is to steward this landscape so that we can support and enhance the biodiversity that occurs here…

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