The Place

The 70-acre Wildlands Preserve serves as OAEC’s living learnscape for stewardship and wildtending methods that integrate traditional ecological knowledge with modern science.

Over the past twenty years, staff and volunteers have been steadily working to help the land restore itself to exhibit the healthy, self-willed ecological processes it had before European settlement brought clear cuts and invasive exotic plants just 130 years ago.

Wildlands Preserve

The Program

We provide education about restoration theory and methods, integrating traditional ecological knowledge with modern science.

Our goal is to become better practitioners of cultural and biological regeneration. Through demonstration, research and education, the OAEC Wildlands Restoration Program promotes wildlands ecoliteracy and helps to restore awareness that humans must be an integral, interconnected and regenerative component of natural systems, both locally and at the larger landscape scale.

Projects & Collaborations

Wildlands News

Forest Thinning and Gully Repair

‘Slash Ain’t Trash, It’s Beneficial Biomass!’  – Brock Dolman For the past few months, OAEC’s Wildlands team has been working… Read More >

Wildlands Program Builds Local Wildfire Resiliency

October 2021 Though the air has been clean at OAEC the past few weeks, we haven’t forgotten that California is… Read More >

OAEC Organizes ‘Rewilding California’ Convening

In September, OAEC, along with the Center for Biological Diversity and The Rewilding Institute, convened a virtual Rewilding California meeting… Read More >

Soundscapes to Landscapes

Enhancing and securing habitats for biodiversity is one of the core goals of the OAEC Wildlands Program, using traditional knowledge… Read More >