Last week, leadership from the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Lomakatsi Restoration Project celebrated the 11 inter-tribal crew members from Chiloquin, OR who have been maintaining seven campgrounds and day use areas on the High Cascades Ranger District since June. Employed by Lomakatsi, the tribal crew members are part of the Job Training, Education, and Resource Protection program that provides jobs and experience in recreation maintenance, trail enhancement, wildlife habitat improvement, cultural resource protection, and hazardous fuels reduction.
“Your work has helped many families enjoy quality outdoor camping experiences this summer,” said Lance Seargent, Recreation Manager for the High Cascades Ranger District, to the crew. “We’re grateful for this partnership with Lomakatsi and the added capacity to help keep these popular recreation areas open and maintained for everyone to enjoy.”
Crew members shared their gratitude for the opportunity for full-time employment and to build their skillsets, while making a meaningful contribution to recreators and the forest.
Lomakatsi is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Forest Service through this program, and increase our collective capacity. Lomakatsi leveraged additional private philanthropic co-investment, as we continue to serve community members, support tribal jobs and training opportunities, and bolster recreational services and the local rural economy through our tribally-led Tribal Partnerships Program and the Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership.