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

Mending the Wild at OAEC

A controlled prescribed fire being used at OAEC for the ecological and habitat goals of our coastal prairie… December 2017 In… Read More >

Afterburn – Response to North Bay Fires

Afterburn, photo by Jim Coleman October 2017.  In the middle of a tightly scheduled month of strategic planning retreats at… Read More >

Compost Toilet Research Project Fundraising Success

Click here to watch the video We are thrilled to report the resounding success of OAEC’s first ever crowdfunding campaign! Thanks… Read More >

OAEC Publishes Wildlands Preserve Stewardship Plan

Pictured: Harold Appleton, registered professional forester, co-authored the plan with Lindsay Dailey and Jim Coleman (pictured) as well as Brock Dolman. Harold spent… Read More >

Wildlands Staff