NEWS and EVENTS
Exciting New Partnership For Landscape-Scale Restoration
“The U.S. Forest Service, Pit River Tribe and Lomakatsi Restoration Project have signed one of the largest stewardship agreements in U.S. history between the agency and a Native American Tribe. Encompassing one hundred square miles of ancestral tribal homelands, within the Lassen, Modoc and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, the stewardship agreement will allow the Pit River Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service to work together, with the support of Lomakatsi Restoration Project, to design and implement forest and watershed restoration projects that will create tribal jobs and support local industry.”
Read the full article here.
Lomakatsi Celebrates 20 Years in 2015
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lomakatsi as an organization. To celebrate, we hosted a series of events including an Open House at our office in Ashland as well as the Top to Bottom Hike of the Ashland Watershed on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in which 30 participants enjoyed a fun-filled day of hiking, live music, and delicious local food. See photos from the event here. On Sunday, November 15th, Lomakatsi wrapped up this series of celebratory events with a Community Streamside Restoration Day in Ashland.
As part of the celebration, we also launched our membership. We thank everyone that participated in these events and joined us in our efforts to restore ecosystems and sustain communities by becoming Lomakatsi members. We look forward to more member events this winter and spring!
Lomakatsi’s 3rd Annual Ashland Watershed Youth Training & Employment Program a Huge Success!
This summer, Lomakatsi completed its 3rd annual Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program. Launched as part of the The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, each summer this workforce training and education program provides local high school students with hands-on experience implementing forest and watershed restoration projects in the Ashland Watershed and surrounding lands. Look through the recent Facebook album and learn how daily instruction by Lomakatsi workforce trainers and guest natural resource specialists helps teach program participants the importance of working together to care for the natural environment.
To learn more about Lomakatsi’s Youth Training and Employment Programs, click here.
Oak Field DayOn Saturday, June 27th from 9am to 2pm Lomakatsi and our partners in the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) led the Oak Woodland Restoration Field Day. Designed to provide landowners and land managers with an opportunity to learn more about oak restoration on their lands, this half-day event took attendees on a tour of private properties in the Colestin Valley (between Ashland and Yreka) where Lomakatsi and KSON partners have been implementing landscape-scale oak restoration for the past decade.
For more information about KSON and upcoming events, contact KSON Coordinator Kate Halstead at email@example.com or 541-201-0866 ext 7#.
Click here for the flyer.
Click here for the press release.
On the Front Page: Tree-Planting by Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program
“Made in the Shade: Projects aim to cool the waters of Lone Pine Creek“, by Mark Freeman, February 19, 2015, Medford Mail Tribune. The article describes the work of Lomakatsi’s Education Director Nicole Del Pizzo with Eugene Weir from The Freshwater Trust on two sites where tree-planting will substantially cool water temperature in the summer when it is most needed for healthy fisheries, and which are also good locations to involve local schools and youth groups.
Lomakatsi Launches Climate Adaptation Work at the Table Rocks
February, 2015 – With a grant provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society and federal agency funding, Lomakatsi is beginning implementation on a project to protect and restore oak habitats and increase their potential to withstand the likely effects of climate change.
For the media advisory, click here. For the outreach document, click here. For additional information, see our Fact Sheet. For more information about the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund, click here.
Lomakatsi Secures $3 Million in Funding to Restore Oak Habitat 01/15/2015 Over 3,000 acres of quality oak habitat on private land will be treated over the next 5 years, under a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for the Klamath-Rogue Oak Woodland Health and Habitat Conservation Project.
For more info and a map, click here. For news articles by the Medford Mail Tribune, click here; and by the Klamath Falls Herald and News, click here.
7th Annual Streamside Forest Recovery Week
November 10-14, 2015
Over 350 students and dozens of community volunteers planted and mulched hundreds of native trees and shrubs along Bear Creek and its critical tributaries in Ashland and Medford. As part of Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program, this event engages students in Lomakatsi’s active riparian restoration projects, providing hands-on experience in reestablishing and restoring streamside forests to improve salmon habitat and water quality. For PHOTOS, click here.
Pit River Tribal Workforce Restores Riparian Habitat
10/16/2014. Through an established partnership with the Pit River Tribe and California Trout, Lomakatsi is employing 8 Pit River Tribal members during a 9-week ecosystem restoration workforce training intensive as part of the Hat Creek Riparian Restoration, Cultural Protection, and Recreation Improvement Project. Last week Lomakatsi staff launched the program near Burney, California. During the program, crew members will gain hands- on experience in ecosystem management as they conduct riparian re-vegetation, oak habitat restoration, erosion control, noxious weed abatement, trail maintenance and monitoring. For further information visit California Trout’s Hat Creek Restoration Project Home Page. For 10 photos, see our Facebook album
In the News — Lomakatsi’s Klamath Tribal Youth Training & Employment Program: “Outdoor classroom: Hands-on training, tribal history included in restoration project” July 26, 2014, by Nora Avery-Page, Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon. For article with photo, click here. For more info and Lomakatsi photos, click here.
Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program — July 14th through August 7th, 2014 Lomakatsi Restoration Project invites juniors and seniors from Medford, Phoenix and Ashland High Schools to gain summer employment, hands-on workforce training, and educational experiences in ecosystem management! Participation in this program will provide valuable workforce experience through the exploration of career paths in natural resources, restoration, science and ecology. For a flier, click here. For more info, click here. For photos from last year, click here.
Oak Habitat Restoration Update, 2/6/14
Lomakatsi forestry technicians and workforce crews have been hard at work this week, from prescribed underburning and on-the-ground project planning in Siskiyou County, California to ecological thinning in Douglas County, Oregon.
For more info and photos, click here.
Active Projects Report 2013/2014
Please click here for a report and spreadsheet describing Lomakatsi’s 37 active projects taking place across nine counties: Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Lane in Oregon; Shasta, Siskiyou and Del Norte in California.
Streamside Forest Recovery Week
REPORT WITH MORE PHOTOS, click here.
A Streamside Forest Recovery Week Success Story
Forty 5th and 6th graders from Willow Wind School in Ashland are featured in a great video and a news story about one day of this week-long event: “Students Help With Restoration Efforts Along Bear Creek”, Kyle Aevermann, KOBI 5 Video, 11-14-13. “Healthy streams, healthy kids: Willow Wind students get down in the dirt to help restore Bear Creek”, Vickie Aldous, Ashland Daily Tidings, 11-15-13
300 Helman Elementary School students help restore Ashland Creek Pond
In the first week of November, 2013, approximately 300 Helman Elementary School students participated in the sixth annual “Ashland Creek Pond Riparian Restoration Project” planting event at the confluence of Bear and Ashland Creek near Ashland Pond. For more info, click here.
Prescribed Fire News ~ Colestin Valley
As a part of Lomakatsi’s Oak Habitat Restoration and Prescribed Fire Programs, Lomakatsi successfully coordinated the implementation of a 30 acre low intensity prescribed underburn on Friday, November 1st on privately owned oak woodlands in the Colestin Valley, Oregon. For more info, click here.
Autumn Update: A new season of work begins!
Recent rains mark the kickoff of Lomakatsi’s ecosystem restoration implementation season. Lomakatsi will conduct ecologically-based tree thinning, prescribed fire, riparian re-vegetation and upland tree planting across several thousand acres of federal and private lands over the next 3 months. Over 120 workers will be employed. Forest and stream habitat restoration projects will occur across Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Lane, and Lake Counties in Oregon and Siskiyou and Shasta Counties in northern California.
NEW VIDEO “Fire for Water – Forest Restoration for Ashland“, As part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, this recently developed video helps describe the significance of the work in Ashland’s watershed. To view video, click here. 8/12/13
Congratulations to the Ashland Watershed Summer Youth Training and Employment Program participants for successful completion of this four week intensive! Your efforts to improve conditions in the Ashland Watershed and surrounding lands are greatly appreciated. May each of you continue take the stewardship ethic you learned in this Program forward in the years to come. All of us at Lomakatsi have so enjoyed getting to know you and want to thank you for your hard work! Twenty youth from throughout the Rogue Valley were selected to take part in this summer intensive aimed at improving conditions in the the Ashland Watershed and surrounding land. 8/9/13
Third Year Completed – Klamath Forest Warriors (Klamath Tribe Forest Improvement Crew). For more info, click here
Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program -> Trail work in Ashland’s Watershed. Click here for story and photos
In the News: Outreach and Communications Manager Leah Schrodt interviewed on KOBI’s Five on 5 about Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program and its hardworking students –“They’re the ones that are showing us that we’ve got hope for the future.” For the video, click here. 7/26/13
In the News – Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program: “Fire Line to the Future: Students learn forestry skills while helping improve the health of Ashland’s watershed,” July 23, 2013, by Paul Fattig, Ashland Daily Tidings. For article with photos, click here.
Lomakatsi and our partners were recently highlighted in the 2013 “State of the Birds Report“ for our nationally recognized efforts to restore oak environments on private land. Click here for text and a photo from p.21 of the report about the Central Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project. For a detailed description of the project, click here. To download a pdf of the full State of the Birds Report, click here.
In the News – Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program: “Students Work on Preserving Watershed”,
by Rob Scott, July 17, 2013, Newswatch KDRV 12. For article and video with student interviews, click here.
Lomakatsi Workforce Update – Ashland Forest Resiliency Project
During spring 2013, Lomakatsi employed approximately 15 forest workers, 2 workforce trainers, 2 forest technicians, 2 project inspectors and a 5 person staff, working part to full-time on the AFR project. Click here for more info.
ASHLAND WATERSHED UPDATE: Spring/Summer 2013 Ashland Forest Resiliency Project News. For a pdf of this report by AFRP, click here.
Lomakatsi in the news: “FIRE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES: Crews thin forest above Ashland on Forest Service, city and private lands” June 22, 2013, by Vickie Aldous, Ashland Daily Tidings. “Work that is going on now around Ashland is being held up as one of six national models for cross-boundary wildfire fuels reduction work.” re the Ashland Fire Resiliency Project
Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program July 15th through Aug. 8th — Lomakatsi Restoration Project invites juniors and seniors from Medford, Phoenix and Ashland High Schools to gain summer employment, hands-on workforce training, and educational experiences in ecosystem management! Participation in this program will provide valuable workforce experience through the exploration of career paths in natural resources, restoration, science and ecology. For a flier, click here. For more info, click here.
Lomakatsi Executive Director speaks at the joint meeting of the Northwest Science Association and the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership, March 20-23, Portland. Click here to download a pdf of the abstract: “Designing and implementing a landscape-scale oak habitat restoration initiative in southern Oregon/northern California.
US Forest Service highlights Lomakatsi in a special report, Working Together for Forest Restoration in the Northwest. In October of 2012 Lomakatsi Executive Director, Mark Bey, met with the US Forest Service National Partnership Office in Washington, DC to discuss Lomakatsi’s work in partnership with the USFS on four stewardship agreements in the Rogue-Umpqua, Rogue-Siskiyou and Fremont-Winema National Forests in Oregon, where thousands of acres of impacted forests are being restored and hundreds of jobs being created. As a result, Lomakatsi is being showcased on a national level by this report, issued in February of 2013.
Herald and News article highlights Lomakatsi’s work in Klamath Falls, “Largest restoration effort for Moore Park — Initiative seeks to prevent wildfires, promote native plants”
For previous entries in this NEWS and EVENTS column, click here for Lomakatsi Accomplishments, under the News tab