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

Why we can’t build a fire-resilient future without worker justice

Español abajo. Navigating the threat of wildfire is an ongoing reality of life in Sonoma County. From 2017 to 2020,… Read More >

OAEC conducts winter prescribed burn

photo by Brock Dolman In late January, with the help of Fire Forward, the OAEC and Sowing Circle community conducted… Read More >

Beyond Defensible Space webinar presentation by Brock Dolman

  Wildfire preparedness at the county and state level often focus on defensible space and home hardening… and for good reason!… Read More >

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 >