Published May 30, 2024

Lomakatsi was thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Helman Elementary School with a service-learning event at Ashland Pond today!

A total of 180 Helman students in grades 3-5 joined Lomakatsi’s Riparian Restoration team to plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs and learn about riparian ecology.
This effort is part of the larger Ashland Pond Riparian and Ecocultural Restoration Project that aims to re-establish a healthy streamside forest in the wake of the 2020 Almeda Fire. Goals include enhancing wildlife habitat for salmon, pollinators, and other wildlife, stabilizing the stream banks to protect water quality, and establishing a diversity of culturally significant plant species in partnership with Tribal communities whose ancestral lands include the Ashland Pond area.
Supporting this event were Abe Jacobs of the Kosealekte Band (Pit River Tribe) and members of Lomakatsi’s Inter-Tribal Women’s Crew, who worked with Education & Training Program Coordinator Sequoia Ahimsa and Education & Training Program Assistant Kaiya Spain (a Helman Elementary alum!) to prepare the site and share about Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

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