Lomakatsi Accomplishments 2012
Highlights of Lomakatsi’s accomplishments in 2012 can be seen by clicking here.
PROGRESS REPORT – Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Ashland Forest Resiliency Project Included are summaries of Columbia Helicopters’ recent work, and work leading up to it by Lomakatsi Restoration Project: worker training, ecological thinning, wildfire fuels reduction. Wildlife Monitoring and Watershed Education are also described, including a grant to Lomakatsi for an Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program this summer. Please click on the title for a pdf of the full report.
ACTIVE PROJECTS REPORT, Fall 2012 Please click here a spreadsheet of the most recent report on 55 of Lomakatsi’s active projects taking place across eight counties: Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Lane in Oregon; Siskiyou and Del Norte in California.
Restoration Work Begins on the Neil Creek Project: In Honor of Koa Nakai Markham … Restoration work began on Saturday, November 6, with students from Ashland High School and Waldorf on the Farm School. Click for story, for photos, and to donate.
Lomakatsi Receives National Award in Washington, D.C. from the Department of the Interior on behalf of all the partners in the Central Umpqua-Mid-Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project: the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Klamath Bird Observatory, and more. Read more on our website and in the Medford Mail Tribune, October 22, 2012.
Ashland Watershed Tour — October 13, 2012, 9am – 1pm “Watershed Protection and Helicopter Thinning in Next Phase of AFR”. Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) offers a tour to highlight watershed resource protection and upcoming helicopter thinning in this science-based, community collaborative work. The partners use principles of ecological forestry to guide restoration.
Recent recommendations by a district court magistrate uphold the AFR project on 7 of 8 points, and the remaining point on protecting “effective groundcover” remains under review. AFR partners will work to promptly adapt to a final ruling of the court when it becomes available. Read More
Jefferson Public Radio Interview – Ashland Forest Resiliency Project with Marko Bey, Lomakatsi’s Executive Director and Chris Chambers, Forest Resource Specialist for the City of Ashland, discussed the AFR project on The Jefferson Exchange, 10/12/12. . . . To listen, skip forward to 6:00
KOBI TV 5 Interview with Lomakatsi Director Marko Bey, 9/24/12, Features, Five on 5.
REI Supports Lomakatsi with Grant Money and Volunteer Labor “First day of work at REI? Removing invasive species on Bear Creek” Medford Mail Tribune, Damian Mann, 8/27/12, with photos. KTVL TV 10 News: 50 workers from REI’s new Medford store began their first day of work on the land along Bear Creek which their employer has just donated $10,000 to help restore. See also KDRV 12 Newswatch, REI Community Impact
Ashland Forest Resiliency (AFR) Stewardship Project Public Tour
On Saturday, August 18th, 2012, from 9am to 1:30pm, the AFR Partnership will lead a tour into areas where work crews have accomplished the first 100 acres of ecologically based commercial thinning in the Ashland Watershed. We will also visit tree marking for additional commercial thinning taking place near Four Corners and the White Rabbit trailhead this Spring. Read More
Lomakatsi in the news: Managing to make it work: Ashland watershed cooperative thinning project producing results, July 26, 2012, by Sam Wheeler, Medford Mail Tribune.
Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Employment and Education Initiative As part of this Initiative, Lomakatsi Restoration Project is helping employ ten Karuk Tribal youth along the mid Klamath River in California during the summer months through a partnership with the Karuk Tribe, Lomakatsi, the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, and 9 federal partners. Read more, here, and see photos on our facebook page.
Restoring Oak Woodlands in the Rogue Basin, Saturday, June 30, 2012 — 9:30 – 1:00, Williams, Oregon Topics will include: Oaks and Birds, Restoration Approaches, Managing existing oak woodlands, and Landowner opportunities. Directions will be provided. Free event, registration required, contact Jaime Stephens no later than June 22, via email or 541-281-0866, x2
Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Lomakatsi! Streamside Restoration along Ashland and Bear Creeks For info, dates, and directions, click here.
Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project and Lomakatsi featured in two Medford Mail Tribune articles by Paul Fattig, June 17, 2012 Health benefits – Thinning project in Ashland Creek watershed will reduce fire threat, restore forest health (front page article) “Environmentalist: ‘We have a lot of trust in the players involved.’,” — Joseph Vaile, campaign coordinator for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.
In Memory of Koa Nakai Markham A special fund has been established to support the Neil Creek Restoration Project The Markham family has set up a fund in memory of their son Koa. Community members are encouraged to contribute by sending donations in his name to the Lomakatsi Restoration Project, PO Box 3084, Ashland, OR, 97520. Alongside the Markham family, Lomakatsi will be contributing to this fund, as well as managing the project. This stretch of Neil Creek runs through the Markham’s and neighboring properties. June 16, 2012.
Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project: Community Open-House, Thursday, June 14, at the Ashland Community Center, across from Lithia Park. ….We invite you to learn about upcoming ecologically based commercial thinning and log hauling in the Ashland watershed. “Nearly 1,000 acres of project work to date has supported the local economy by sustaining over 100 seasonal jobs.” — from Lomakatsi Restoration Project’s facebook page
The Nature Conservancy website interviews Lomakatsi’s Director, “Marko Bey, Forestry Job Trainer, Ashland, Oregon — Find out how he is making a living from healthy forests!”
WALK & TALK ~ Saturday, May 19, 2012 — 11 am to 1 pm, The Bear Creek Restoration Project-Spencer St. Come see the transformation! Talk about how you can get involved. Pitch in – pick up trash. Watch the birds. Dig up blackberries. Mulch trees. See what we can accomplish in two hours! Read more here, and on facebook.
Restoration Ecology Education Report, February 2012 During the month of February, our Restoration Ecology Education Program hosted 6 volunteer and student events for 282 participants at our Medford Bear Creek site. As part of restoring this site, a total of 510 native plants were planted thanks to everyone’s hard work!
Local fire crews burn on more than 100 acres 2/23/12, Jenica Villamor/KTVL.com, a story and video concerning fire hazard reduction by Lomakatsi crews in Ashland’s watershed for the Ashland Resiliency Project. Lomakatsi in the News
Native Tree Planting along Bear Creek ~ Come Join Us! When: Saturday, February 11th, any time between 10am and 2pm, Where: Along Bear Creek in south Medford, near Bear Creek Park. Read more
Volunteers needed! Meyer Creek Riparian Restoration Project Come join us for a morning of tree planting! When: Saturday, February 4th, 2012 9am-1pm Where: “The Farm” at 189 E. Valley View Road, Ashland Directions from I-5: take Ashland exit 19, go uphill on South Valley View Rd., turn right onto East Valley View Rd., take the long driveway on left. Additional activities include log cribbing for stream bank erosion control. Snacks, gloves and tools provided. For more information: email@example.com * 541-488-0208
Saving Oregon’s oak woodlands – a collaborative necessity, 02/02/12, Natural Resources Conservation Service, “Conservation Showcase,” re the oak restoration project coordinated by Lomakatsi in the Colestin Valley, with photos
Lomakatsi in the News: Forest Warriors — Tribal group conducts restoration projects, gets on-the-job training, Jan 26, 2012, Herald & News, Klamath Falls, OR, featuring the Klamath Tribes, The Nature Conservancy, and Lomakatsi. For more info about the site at Sycan Marsh, click here and here.