Pepperwood is a leader in bringing science and community together to forge solutions to our region’s most pressing conservation challenges
Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative
Pepperwood is informing long-term monitoring and management strategies for our region’s forests with a focus on better understanding relationships between climate change, drought, and fire. Partners include the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, University of California, and CAL FIRE. Visit our Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative webpage to learn more.
Through a comprehensive adaptive management approach, our Research and Preserve Management team—with the help of incredible volunteers—are actively restoring the ecology of our 3,200 acre preserve. Restoration programs include a conservation grazing program for grasslands, an oak woodlands enhancement program, erosion control for watershed protection, and invasive species control. Visit our Ecological Restoration webpage to learn more.
Mayacamas to Berryessa Connectivity Network (M2B)
The Mayacamas to Berryessa Connectivity Network (M2B) is a collaboration of scientists and land managers that works to preserve the health of land, water, and plant and animal life across 10 counties in Northern California’s inner Coast Ranges. In 2018, M2B completed a climate connectivity assessment that determined the existing state of habitat and watershed health throughout the region spanning the Mayacamas Mountains to the Snow Mountain-Berryessa National Monument. The result of our work is a series of high-resolution maps that illustrate corridors—across land and along streams—and show how each corridor enhances landscape resilience to climate change.
Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3)
TBC3 is a dynamic interdisciplinary applied research collaboration focused on understanding how climate change may impact the natural resources of Northern California’s Coast Range, and conversely, how protected natural areas can increase the resilience of our local communities to climate hazards. Visit the TBC3 website.
Climate Ready North Bay
Pepperwood serves as the technical lead with Point Blue Conservation Science and the USGS on Climate Ready North Bay, a public-private partnership focused on assessing climate vulnerabilities across the counties of Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa. In partnership with the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative and Sonoma’s Regional Climate Protection Authority, this project is funded by the California Coastal Conservancy to serve local water and open space management agencies. Learn more about Climate Ready North Bay.
Wildlife Cameras and Habitat Corridors
Pepperwood serves as the hub for the North Bay stakeholders convened via the Bay Area Critical Linkages project. As the first North American Wildlife Picture Index site, we share our expertise in the deployment of wildlife camera arrays in concert with agencies and citizen scientists. We serve as a place for training and convening experts with and private and public landowners committed to keeping our region wildlife-friendly for years to come.
Pepperwood is the science lead on the steering committee for Sonoma County’s Regional Conservation Partnership. This Venture Conservation Initiative will identify and implement priority investments in the protection of Sonoma County agricultural lands critical to water supply and habitat.
Native Advisory Council
Pepperwood is grateful to be partnered with local tribal elders through our Native Advisory Council. Council members provide important insights into cultural and land management practices that inform our research and education programs. Learn more about the Council.