Lomakatsi Accomplishments 2013

Streamside Forest Recovery Week

Streamside 2013, Jayden Grunde, left, and Ethan Gotfrid plant a tree, Julia Moore, Tidings, 11-14-13A Streamside Forest Recovery Week Success Story
Forty 5th and 6th graders from Willow Wind School in Ashland are featured in a great video and a news story about one day of this week-long event: “Students Help With Restoration Efforts Along Bear Creek”, Kyle Aevermann, KOBI 5 Video, 11-14-13.  “Healthy streams, healthy kids: Willow Wind students get down in the dirt to help restore Bear Creek”, Vickie Aldous, Ashland Daily Tidings, 11-15-13

Students planted various types of native tree and shrub species, including the mock orange shown here, cropped300 Helman Elementary School students help restore Ashland Creek Pond

In the first week of November, 2013, approximately 300 Helman Elementary School students participated in the sixth annual “Ashland Creek Pond Riparian Restoration Project” planting event at the confluence of Bear and Ashland Creek near Ashland Pond. For more info, click here.

Colestin 11-1-13, An ignition crew carefully burns a meadow in preparation for future native grass seeding
Prescribed Fire News ~ Colestin Valley

As a part of Lomakatsi’s Oak Habitat Restorationand Prescribed Fire Programs, Lomakatsi successfully coordinated the implementation of a 30 acre low intensity prescribed underburn on Friday, November 1st on privately owned oak woodlands in the Colestin Valley, Oregon. For more info, click here.

Autumn Update: A new season of work begins!
Recent rains mark the kickoff of Lomakatsi’s ecosystem restoration implementation season. Lomakatsi will conduct ecologically-based tree thinning, prescribed fire, riparian re-vegetation and upland tree planting across several thousand acres of federal and private lands over the next 3 months. Over 120 workers will be employed. Forest and stream habitat restoration projects will occur across Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Lane, and Lake Counties in Oregon and Siskiyou and Shasta Counties in northern California.

NEW VIDEO “Fire for Water – Forest Restoration for Ashland“, As part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, this recently developed video helps describe the significance of the work in Ashland’s watershed. To view video, click here. 8/12/13

Congratulations, Summer Youth, cropped

Congratulations to the Ashland Watershed Summer Youth Training and Employment Program participants for successful completion of this four week intensive! Your efforts to improve conditions in the Ashland Watershed and surrounding lands are greatly appreciated. May each of you continue take the stewardship ethic you learned in this Program forward in the years to come. All of us at Lomakatsi have so enjoyed getting to know you and want to thank you for your hard work!  Twenty youth from throughout the Rogue Valley were selected to take part in this summer intensive aimed at improving conditions in the the Ashland Watershed and surrounding land. 8/9/13

Third Year Completed – Klamath Forest Warriors (Klamath Tribe Forest Improvement Crew). For more info, click here

Trail maintenance

Trail maintenance

Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program -> Trail work in Ashland’s Watershed.  Click here for story and photosKlamath Forest Warriors, Klamath Tribe Forest Improvement Crew, by Justice Blacksun, 8-7-13

In the News:  Outreach and Communications Manager Leah Schrodt interviewed on KOBI’s Five on 5 about Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program and its hardworking students –“They’re the ones that are showing us that we’ve got hope for the future.”  For the video, click here. 7/26/13

Workers with the Summer Youth Training and Employment Program build a fire line in the Ashland watershed, 314x235, Jamie Lusch, Tidings 7-23-13In the News – Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program:  “Fire Line to the Future: Students learn forestry skills while helping improve the health of Ashland’s watershed,” July 23, 2013, by Paul Fattig, Ashland Daily Tidings. For article with photos, click here.

State of the Bird 2013 partners, 319x64Lomakatsi and our partners were recently highlighted in the 2013 “State of the Birds Report for our nationally recognized efforts to restore oak environments on private land. Click here for text and a photo from p.21 of the report about the Central Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project.  For a detailed description of the project, click here.  To download a pdf of the full State of the Birds Report, click here.

In the News – Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program: “Students Work on Preserving Watershed”,
by Rob Scott, July 17, 2013, Newswatch KDRV 12. For article and video with student interviews, click here.

Lomakatsi Workforce Update – Ashland Forest Resiliency Project
During spring 2013, Lomakatsi employed approximately 15 forest workers, 2 workforce trainers, 2 forest technicians, 2 project inspectors and a 5 person staff, working part to full-time on the AFR project. Click here for more info.

ASHLAND WATERSHED UPDATE: Spring/Summer 2013 Ashland Forest Resiliency Project News.  For a pdf of this report by AFRP, click here.

Shane Parazoo works during a thinning project Thursday outside of Ashland. Julia Moore, Daily Tidings, 6-22-13

Lomakatsi in the news: “FIRE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES: Crews thin forest above Ashland on Forest Service, city and private lands” June 22, 2013, by Vickie Aldous, Ashland Daily Tidings.  “Work that is going on now around Ashland is being held up as one of six national models for cross-boundary wildfire fuels reduction work.” re the Ashland Fire Resiliency Project

4-7-13 students, for flierAshland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program  July 15th through Aug. 8th — Lomakatsi Restoration Project invites juniors and seniors from Medford, Phoenix and Ashland High Schools to gain summer employment, hands-on workforce training, and educational experiences in ecosystem management! Participation in this program will provide valuable workforce experience through the exploration of career paths in natural resources, restoration, science and ecology. For a flier, click here. For more info, click here.

NWSA and CPOP cropped, 3-2013Lomakatsi Executive Director speaks at the joint meeting of the Northwest Science Association and the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership, March 20-23, Portland. Click here to download a pdf of the abstract: “Designing and implementing a landscape-scale oak habitat restoration initiative in southern Oregon/northern California.

US Forest Service highlights Lomakatsi in a special report, Working Together for Forest Restoration in the Northwest. In October of 2012 Lomakatsi Executive Director, Mark Bey, met with the US Forest Service National Partnership Office in Washington, DC to discuss Lomakatsi’s work in partnership with the USFS on four stewardship agreements in the Rogue-Umpqua, Rogue-Siskiyou and Fremont-Winema National Forests in Oregon, where thousands of acres of impacted forests are being restored and hundreds of jobs being created. As a result, Lomakatsi is being showcased on a national level by this report, issued in February of 2013.

Klamath Falls, Moore Park, Devan Schwartz, Herald and News, 2-13-13Herald and News article highlights Lomakatsi’s work in Klamath Falls“Largest restoration effort for Moore Park — Initiative seeks to prevent wildfires, promote native plants”




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