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Promoting long-term, community-based stewardship by engaging students, volunteers and youth in all aspects of the ecological restoration process, from planning and implementation to maintenance and monitoring.
From Forest to Fish, A Holistic Approach
Working collaboratively with a wide range of partners, hands-on education and service-learning activities are incorporated into Lomakatsi’s active forest and watershed restoration projects. Students work under the guidance of professional Lomakatsi restoration practitioners, and engage with natural resource agency specialists. Through long-term adoption, sites are located from upland forested slopes at the top of the watershed to fish bearing streams along the valley bottom, giving students the opportunity to interact with a wide range of local ecosystems. Complementary in-classroom presentations and activities provide students with a deeper look into the study of ecosystems and actions being taken to restore them.
1) In-Class Presentations
Interactive activities, coupled with guest presentations, increase student awareness in the classroom, while supporting field activities.
2) Site Adoption
Through long-term site adoption, participants take part in the restoration process from start to finish. By actively engaging program participants in the ongoing ecological restoration process through place-based, service-learning, a long-lasting dedication towards caring for the natural world is established. For more info on our five adopted sites, click here.
4) Hands-on Ecological Restoration
Aquatic Restoration: While participating in restoration projects along local creeks, students learn about stream ecology, watershed function, and the importance of healthy riparian areas. Through hands-on experience, students work to enhance fish and wildlife habitat, protect water quality, and improve overall streamside health.
Forest Restoration: Working in a diversity of forest habitats and plant communities, participants explore a wide range of on-the-ground restoration forestry activities. Restoration strategies aim to protect older forests, reduce the risk of extreme wildfire, diminish the spread of invasive species, and improve the health of native ecosystems.
6) Native Shade House Plant Nurseries
Lomakatsi manages four different community based nurseries. Over 10,000 native trees and shrubs, encompassing 25 different species, are grown annually for use in local ecological restoration projects. Through Lomakatsi’s nursery program, students learn botany, plant care and nursery management. For more info, click here.
Subjects Taught Include: botany, wildlife biology, fisheries, soil science, forest and fire ecology, hydrology, water quality, traditional ecological knowledge, and technical ecological forestry skills.
Service-Learning Ecological Restoration Activities Include:
- Native tree and vegetation planting
- Stream restoration
- Noxious weed removal
- Forest thinning for habitat health and fuels reduction
- On-going site maintenance
- Project planning
- Scientific monitoring
- Trail management
- Native plant propagation
- Native plant nursery care
- Forest by-product utilization
- Wildlife habitat enhancement
Restoration Ecology Education’s Sequence of Community-Based Ecological Restoration