Updates from the Pepperwood community

  • 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.

    Continue reading
  • 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.

    Continue reading
  • 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.

    Continue reading
  • Michael Gillogly: Three Decades of Stewardship

    It was 22 years ago when, prior to submitting a bid to the California Academy of Sciences for the purchase of Pepperwood, Jane and I defined our shared vision for what we were about to undertake. We envisioned a place where conservation science, research and nature education could meet, and connect people with the places that sustain them.

    Continue reading
  • Earth Month: Celebrating Our Volunteers & Stewards

    I remember the first volunteer workday I ever hosted at Pepperwood. It was cold, wet, and the wind was blowing hard. As I stood there, chilled to the bone and waiting for anyone at all to show up, I thought to myself who in their right mind would come out to volunteer in weather like this just for the fun of it?

    Continue reading
  • Celebrating Women (and moms) in Science

    As I write this post, I have one ear listening to my son’s kindergarten math lesson on zoom with the other tracking my two year old daughter’s mischief, and I’m ignoring the giant piles that try to distract my attention…

    Continue reading
  • Learning the Plants and Animals by Name

    Heide’s one of those people whose passion for the plants and animals of this place extends farther than her memory. She grew up here, and at a young age started documenting all the life around her. This passion eventually led her to Pepperwood. Read her story…

    Continue reading
  • Wildlife Corridors and Climate Change

    Realizing climate-wise connectivity on the ground requires both identifying and securing habitat linkages that provide climate resilience.

    Continue reading