Board

President – Crystal McMahon

Crystal McMahon joined the Lomakatsi Board in 2008, and has a longstanding interest in the environment. She and several associates own 400 acres in Klamath County that they are adding to and restoring for wildlife habitat. Crystal is the Executive Director for the Klamath Lake Land Trust, which she also co-founded. The land trust is dedicated to conservation and restoration of natural areas in Klamath and Lake County.

Crystal completed a Master of Science in Psychology in 2009 and is currently employed as the Director of the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence, which provides community mental health agencies across the State of Oregon technical assistance with implementing Supported Employment.

Vice President – Will Sears

Will Sears has served on the Lomakatsi Board of Directors since 2003 and is a former Board President.

He has a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and has completed 3 years of postgraduate study in Anthropology at Portland State University. Will has also studied at the American University of Beirut and The University of the Philippines.

Will is currently a semi-retired contractor, woodworker and artist and also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Birch Creek Arts and Ecology Center and the Health Research Institute, among others.

As his father’s career involved designing and supervising landscape restoration projects, first for the U.S. Forest Service and later, the United Nations, Will was literally born into the ethos of restoration. For the last 35 years, Will has carefully studied and encouraged natural process as he has steadily worked toward the healing and management of his own 40 acre home property in the forested mountains of Southern Oregon.

Robert Brothers, Ph.D., Treasurer

As a Harvard and UC Berkeley graduate, Robert has dedicated his life’s work to advocating balance between protection and use through sustainable forestry. Having worked for multiple nonprofits and written numerous articles and newsletters, he has led the initiative for a “path to volume” via thinning of inventoried plantations on federal lands, a path Lomakatsi is guided by. The following article illustrates his work:  Respectful Forestry: Forest Ecosystems Could Serve Us Generously if We Would Work with Them.

Robert was on the Lomakatsi Board from 2001 to 2003, and again since 2008. During this time he co-authored Lomakatsi Restoration Project’s “Ecological Principles” with Marko Bey.  In 2005 he co-founded the Agnes Baker Pilgrim Fund with Julie Norman.  He is currently the Board President of Earth Devotion Support, a non-profit group based in California who has sponsored the multi-cultural ceremony, Blessing Mount Ashland, since 2007. Most recently, he as started a collaborative, wiki new service from the Facebook page titled GoodNews FortheEarth, with over 1,100 members worldwide. He is also the editor for Lomakatsi’s website.

Secretary – Carl Wilmsen 

Carl joined the Lomakatsi Board in 2009. Carl is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Forest Workers and Harvesters. With a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University (Worcester, Massachusetts), he specializes in social justice in the management of U.S. public lands, the intersection of race and environmental issues, and participatory research methods. Prior to joining AFWH, Carl was Program Director of Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the advisory boards of several community forestry groups. He has also evaluated sustainable agriculture programs, worked as an oral historian, and (before college) worked as an apple picker and orchard hand, landscape laborer, school bus driver, and truck driver. He has authored several book chapters and journal articles on race and the environment, oral history methodology and participatory research. He is also co-editor of Partnerships for Empowerment: Participatory Research for Community-Based Natural Resource Management (Earthscan, 2008).

Board Member – Stanley Petrowski 

Stanley Petrowski joined Lomakatsi’s Board in 2012. From 2005 through 2007 Stan worked seasonally for Lomakatsi, serving as the community liaison and Restoration Operations Manager for the Boulder-Dumont Stewardship Agreement that was being implemented on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest. Through this Stewardship Agreement, a ground-breaking, precedent setting project for the region occurred that worked to restore structural and species diversity to mono-culture tree plantations in Late Succession Reserves, while  employing and providing training to local timber workers  during restoration forestry implementation.

As an actively engaged member of his community in south Douglas County and throughout southern Oregon, he serves on multiple Boards for organizations associated with restoration ecology and conservation. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers, Douglas County’s Watershed Council from 2004 to the present.  He also served as the President for this organization from 2007 to 2011. He is the Founder of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP). SURCP is a community based 501C3 dedicated to supporting community restoration efforts in the South Umpqua Basin. He has been the President and Executive Director for this organization since 2005. Within the organization his leadership has focuses on the Beaver Restoration Committee, the Restoration Committee and UBAC, a committee focused on Biochar production for carbon sequestration. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2009 and has served as Vice President from 2011 until 2013 for the Umpqua Watersheds, an Oregon based conservation organization. He also chairs the Restoration Committee for this organization. He has been a River Steward for the South Umpqua River for the Native Fish Society since 2009 and has been on the Board of Directors for the Tiller Rural Volunteer Fire Department since 2011.

Since the “Back to the Land” movement of the late 1960’s, Stanley has been exploring the cultural and agricultural reconnection with the land. Having lived on and off the grid with his wife Alexandra since the 1960’s, he is an organic gardener, shepherd and natural fiber enthusiast. Of particular interest is restoring the intimate relationship of animals and humans in land cultivation through natural traction. He considers his training and working with oxen on his homestead as a highlight to his efforts.

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