December 2017 Fire, Vegetation, and Resilience in the Mayacamas Workshop

On December 4, 2017, Pepperwood hosted a half-day forum on Fire, Vegetation, and Resilience in the Mayacamas. Experts presenting included historical ecologist Arthur Dawson, fire ecologist Sasha Berleman, PhD, and forest ecologist David Ackerly, PhD. Over 80 landowners, land managers, foresters, journalists, scientists, and members of the public attended.

The talks put the October 2017 fires in scientific and historical context. Several presenters discussed the impact of the fires on lands they manage. The last presentation focused on how to effectively communicate to the public about the impact of the fires on natural lands. Pepperwood staff led a tour to review the impacts of the fires on our preserve. The day ended with focused discussion and prioritization among action options.


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December 2017 Workshop Proceedings

Workshop Video

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Workshop Presentations

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Arthur Dawson (Baseline Consulting) - A Historical Perspective
Sasha Berleman (Audubon Canyone Ranch) - Fire Ecology in California
David Ackerly (UC Berkeley) - Fire History and Impacts at Pepperwood
Allison Schichtel (Sonoma Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District) and Mark Tukman (Tukman Geospatial) - Post-Fire Data & Assessment
Monica Delmartini (Sonoma Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District) - Post-Fire Effects on District Lands
Caitlin Cornwall (Sonoma Ecology Center) - Sonoma Valley Impacts and Response


February 2017 Climate Ready Vegetation Management Workshop

In February of 2017, Pepperwood and the UC Berkeley Ackerly Lab hosted a workshop connecting our TBC3 science team directly with managers from local agencies, land trusts, and other groups. This workshop pioneered a scenario-based approach to adaptive management of our forests, and provided critical feedback needed to refine a set of Climate Ready tools produced in partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority to help managers better understand fire and drought risks to forest health in the face of a changing climate. The workshop also tapped into TBC3 models that project the potential declines of existing species and the potential arrivals of new species—both desirable and undesirable—on our lands. Pepperwood will provide ongoing support as science adviser to interested land managers through our Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative network.

Workshop Proceedings

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February 2017 Workshop Proceedings



May 2016 Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Workshop

In May of 2016, Pepperwood hosted a day-long invitational workshop to bridge from science to practice in managing North Coast range forest and chaparral ecosystems in the face of climate change and fire. Sixty-five scientists and land managers came together to share their expertise and create a framework for future collaboration around fire mitigation and forest health.

The workshop was made possible by a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management focused on climate adaptation in our multi-jurisdictional landscape. Individual donors also provided critical match support via contributions to Pepperwood’s 2016 Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative.


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May 2016 Workshop Proceedings


Panelist Presentations

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Overview of Fire Ecology and Forest Management
Scott Stephens (UC Berkeley) - Overview of Vegetation and Fire Regimes
Jon Keeley (US Geological Survey) - Vegetation Recovery

Vegetation Management in Fire Prone Ecosystems
Megan Scheeline (CAL FIRE) - CAL FIRE Vegetation Management
Michael Gillogly (Pepperwood) - Management at Pepperwood Preserve
Kate Wilkin (UC Berkeley) - Chaparral Fire Hazard

Integrating Carbon Sequestration into Vegetation Management
John Battles (UC Berkeley) - How California Counts Carbon
Scott Kelly (The Conservation Fund) - Carbon Sequestration in Forests
Matt Clark (Sonoma State U.) - Remote Sensing for Forest Monitoring

Post-fire Ecosystem Response
Lorrie Flint (US Geological Survey) - Changes in Hydrology
Heath Bartosh and Brian Peterson (Nomad Ecology) - Morgan Fire Impacts
Jennifer Gibson (National Park Service) - Diversity of Plant Communities

Impacts of Climate Change on Local Forests and Chaparral
Whitney Albright (CA Dept. Fish & Wildlife) - Impacts of Climate Change
Jessica Wright (US Forest Service) - Adaptation in a Changing Climate
Lisa Micheli (Pepperwood) - Climate Ready North Bay

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