Braulio Cortes has worked for Lomakatsi since 2004. In his current role with the organization, he serves as the Lead Restoration Crew Manager in which he oversees all on-the-ground workforce personnel operations. For five years prior to being promoted to Lead Restoration Crew Manager Braulio worked on Lomakatsi’s core forest thinning crew. His work experience before coming to Lomakatsi, entailed reforestation, forestry and wildland fire management for four years, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, as well as across multiple western states, working for private forestry contractors on federal, state and industry timber lands.
Braulio’s present primary responsibilities include directing forest restoration crew members in ecological thinning, slash treatments, prescribed burning, tree planting and other re-vegetation projects. The majority of Braulio’s work is performed in the field, working directly with and managing the daily activities of a 20 person multi-cultural workforce consisting of predominantly Latino workers. Braulio serves as Lomakatsi’s cross cultural workforce liaison engaging Latino, Native American and Euro-American workers, utilizing not only his years of forestry and restoration implementation experience, but also his Spanish/English bi-lingual skills to direct operations. Additionally, Braulio serves as one of Lomakatsi’s key workforce training staff, mentoring workers in ecological forestry techniques and restoration application skills, from entry level, to advanced.