Published June 20, 2022

Today we kicked off the 10th year of Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Ecological Training & Employment Program! Through a competitive application process, 15 juniors and seniors from high schools around the Rogue Valley were selected for this year’s crew. They’ll spend the next 4 weeks gaining hands-on experience in forest and aquatic restoration, working on collaborative landscape-scale projects including The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project and West Bear All-Lands Restoration Project (with Rogue Forest Partners). Along the way, they’ll learn about careers in natural resources through presentations by Lomakatsi staff and our many amazing partners.

Today the crew took a nice long hike through the Ashland Watershed as they learned about foundational ecological concepts. In the afternoon, they met up with Lomakatsi’s leadership team and long-time youth program champion and City of Ashland Councilor Stef Seffinger who shared words of inspiration and discussed the wide range of career pathways in natural resources and ecological restoration. A big thank you to this year’s crew leaders, Liam Cislo, Kaiya Spain, and Harbor Engle – all three of whom were participants in the inaugural Ashland Watershed youth program a decade ago!
We’re grateful to the many partners and funders who make this possible, including U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, City of Ashland Oregon, National Forest Foundation, Gray Family Foundation and many more.

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