Lomakatsi Accomplishments 2015

Lomakatsi Celebrates 20 Years in 2015

DSCF1586 - CopyThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Lomakatsi as an organization.  To celebrate, we hosted a series of events including an Open House at our office in Ashland as well as the Top to Bottom Hike of the Ashland Watershed on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in which 30 participants enjoyed a fun-filled day of hiking, live music, and delicious local food. See photos from the event here. On Sunday, November 15th, Lomakatsi wrapped up this series of celebratory events with a Community Streamside Restoration Day in Ashland.

As part of the celebration, we also launched our membership. We thank everyone that participated in these events and joined us in our efforts to restore ecosystems and sustain communities by becoming Lomakatsi members. We look forward to more member events this winter and spring!

Lomakatsi’s 3rd Annual Ashland Watershed Youth Training & Employment Program a Huge Success!

1-818x1024This summer, Lomakatsi completed its 3rd annual Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program. Launched as part of the The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, each summer this workforce training and education program provides local high school students with hands-on experience implementing forest and watershed restoration projects in the Ashland Watershed and surrounding lands. Look through the recent Facebook album and learn how daily instruction by Lomakatsi workforce trainers and guest natural resource specialists helps teach program participants the importance of working together to care for the natural environment.

To learn more about Lomakatsi’s Youth Training and Employment Programs, click here.

Oak Field Day 
Colstin_101613_LH_AFeditsOn Saturday, June 27th from 9am to 2pm Lomakatsi and our partners in the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) led the Oak Woodland Restoration Field Day. Designed to provide landowners and land managers with an opportunity to learn more about oak restoration on their lands, this half-day event took attendees on a tour of private properties in the Colestin Valley (between Ashland and Yreka) where Lomakatsi and KSON partners have been implementing landscape-scale oak restoration for the past decade.

For more information about KSON and upcoming events, contact KSON Coordinator Kate Halstead at keh@klamathbird.org or 541-201-0866 ext 7#.

Click here for the flyer.

Click here for the press release.

Lone Pine Creek, closeup, Nikki and Eugene Weir, MMT, 2-19-15, Jamie Lusch photoOn the Front PageTree-Planting by Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program
Made in the Shade: Projects aim to cool the waters of Lone Pine Creek“, by Mark Freeman, February 19, 2015, Medford Mail Tribune. The article describes the work of Lomakatsi’s Education Director Nicole Del Pizzo with Eugene Weir from The Freshwater Trust on two sites where tree-planting will substantially cool water temperature in the summer when it is most needed for healthy fisheries, and which are also good locations to involve local schools and youth groups.

Lomakatsi Launches Climate Adaptation Work at the Table Rocks
Table Rocks, 2-8-15February, 2015 – With a grant provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society and federal agency funding, Lomakatsi is beginning implementation on a project to protect and restore oak habitats and increase their potential to withstand the likely effects of climate change.
For the media advisory, click here.  For the outreach document, click here. For additional information, see our Fact Sheet. For more information about the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund, click here.

Lomakatsi Secures $3 Million in Funding to Restore Oak Habitat
RCPP, Marko Bey checks out a large oak tree in the Colestin Valley. Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch, screenshot, 1-16-1501/15/2015: Over 3,000 acres of quality oak habitat on private land will be treated over the next 5 years, under a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for the Klamath-Rogue Oak Woodland Health and Habitat Conservation Project.

For more info and a map, click here. For news articles by the Medford Mail Tribune, click here; and by the Klamath Falls Herald and News, click here.

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