Central Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project: Lomakatsi is leading the effort to advance and implement oak habitat restoration across Douglas and Jackson counties in Oregon, crossing over state lines into Siskiyou County, California. This collaborative partnership between Lomakatsi, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Klamath Bird Observatory and over 10 additional agency and non-profit partners is working to restore and protect oak habitats across 2,000 acres over the next three years.
Klamath Tribal Ecosystem Workforce Initiative: The Klamath Tribes, Lomakatsi and The Nature Conservancy have recently entered into a 10-year Master Stewardship Agreement with the Fremont-Winema National Forest to implement landscape scale forest and watershed restoration projects. This agreement will encompass most of the 1.2 million acres that previously constituted the Tribes’ reservation prior to termination. Under this MSA, projects will be developed and implemented by the partners, with input and contributions from community stakeholders including industry and conservation groups, through an open collaborative process. The primary goals of this collaborative effort are to restore ecosystem health and resilience while creating employment opportunities for the Klamath Tribes’ emerging restoration workforce. The Tribes view forest restoration work as an opportunity to reduce unemployment and create new forest-related enterprises.
Restoration Forestry and Fuel Hazard Reduction Program: Lomakatsi is implementing forest restoration projects across thousands of acres in Jackson and Josephine Counties through stewardship contracts and agreements with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Projects focus on restoring habitat for old growth dependant species like the Northern Spotted Owl, while reducing the threat of uncharacteristic wildfire. Forest restoration Stewardship projects are occurring in the Ashland, Applegate, Williams and Illinois River watersheds. Hundreds of workers are being employed on these projects.
Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Youth Education: Lomakatsi is restoring riparian areas throughout the Bear Creek watershed, by removing invasive species and replanting thousands of native trees and shrubs in an effort to provide shade for native salmon and resident fish species. Through our efforts, we work directly with hundreds of students providing hands-on service learning and educational opportunities along riparian areas that we have adopted for long term stewardship.
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