Thursday, October 15, 2015

BLM Awards Grant to Study Restoration Related to Climate

Perserve technician Celeste Dodge, left, and volunteer David Allan cut branches off a felled Douglas fir tree during a fire abatement workday at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Strategically reducing Douglas fir trees not only decreases fuel-loads in high fire-risk locations but also helps growth of oak trees in the area. Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat 
The Pepperwood Foundation, owner of the 3,000-acre preserve in the Mayacmas Mountains of Northern California, has secured a federal grant of up to $250,000 to study new ways to restore areas ravaged by flames and prevent future fires. The grant is part of a national mandate to plan for climate change utilizing public-private partnerships, like the one with Pepperwood.   

The Pepperwood Foundation will investigate how rising temperatures and more arid conditions can help predict fire. The nonprofit group also will conduct experiments on the preserve to test fire risk mitigation techniques, like replanting native plants and conducting prescribed burns.

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