This project is necessary to restore key headwaters of the lower Russian River to achieve multiple watershed benefits on Pepperwood Preserve, a 3,200-acre nature preserve and living laboratory that has experienced at least four wildfires in the past 150 years, including the catastrophic Tubbs Fire in 2017. Funding for this project will be used to improve an estimated 3,200 acres of headwaters for multiple benefits by improving the quantity and quality of water available year-round, improve and protect habitat for wildlife, fish, and plant species, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize carbon storage, and improve and protect air quality by reducing risks of future catastrophic wildfires.
Objectives for this project are to:
1. Improve forest health and reduce burn severity from future wildfires in an estimated 266 acres;
2. Restore an estimated 12 acres of post-fire salvage logged habitat;
3. Control invasive non-native plants with an estimated target 25% reduction of cover;
4. Identify and treat problematic post-fire erosion issues; and
5. Document Pepperwood post-fire conditions and restoration measures in a technical report for dissemination that advances statewide mitigation goals, greenhouse gas reductions and adaptation for greater watershed resilience.
Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Monitoring, Water Management, Technical Assistance
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):