Tips and Tools
See below for some tips and tools to help you explore the natural world.
This collection of twenty full-length expert presentations and the proceedings from our May 2018 Living with Fire symposium offers a wealth of information on fire ecology, fire-resilient building and land management, and much more. Click here to view the resources.
Thanks to funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and support from the community, Pepperwood has created a comprehensive peer-reviewed Adaptive Management Plan for our preserve that is serving as a guide for other open spaces in the region. Its 200+ pages provide insights into stewarding different types of ecosystems and detail how we monitor plant and animal life over time using our Sentinel Site to inform our practices. Click here to view it.
This is a collective of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping private landowners in Sonoma County sustain healthy forests, oak woodlands and watersheds. Their website has many links to useful resources. Pepperwood is a member of the steering committee. Visit the Working Group website.
A regional consortium of environmental education professionals from organizations, agencies, networks, and school districts, the SEEC mission is to create vibrant, innovative collaborations that increase environmental literacy in Sonoma County citizens. Visit the SEEC website.
The Bay Area Open Space Council produced this online map system that makes it easy to draw from a wide range of data sources—vegetation type, topography, protected areas, etc.) to learn more about our local landscapes. Pepperwood's TBC3 contributed the Climate & Hydrology layers selectable under the Legend. View the Explorer Tool.
Sonoma County and the surrounding areas have so many wonderful parks and open spaces to explore! Click here to learn about opportunities to visit Pepperwood. Or click here to check out a listing of Sonoma County Regional Parks properties and hiking trails.
The Pepperwood Vascular Flora contains a great overview of Pepperwood's vegetation communities and includes a record of plant species that have been documented on the preserve and where they are commonly found.
iNaturalist.org is a cloud-based biodiversity database that empowers nature enthusiasts to upload photos of species they’ve encountered. Biologists can help identify your discoveries and may even use them in their research! Tips: it’s quick, easy and free to make an account, be sure to include GPS coordinates with your photo whenever possible, and there are smartphone apps (for both Andriod and iOS) to make uploading observations even easier.
Calflora.org has a wealth of information about the wild plants found in our region, including many beautiful photos to help you identify them in the field.
Californiaherps.com is a great guide to the many amphibians and reptiles native to California.