Published May 1, 2023

On Saturday, a Lomakatsi crew joined U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) fire management personnel in implementing a prescribed underburn as part of the The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR). They participated through the Rogue Basin Prescribed Fire Exchange (RBTREX), a collaborative of agency and non-profit partners (including ours!) that is increasing local capacity by creating opportunities for diverse fire practitioners to gain hands-on experience and advance their certifications in prescribed understory burns.

After spending the past five months supporting ecosystems and communities through chainsaw thinning and hand pile burning, five inter-tribal trainees from Chiloquin, OR, who are part of Lomakatsi’s Tribal Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program funded by Oregon Youth Works/Oregon Conservation Corps, were able to participate in their first prescribed understory burn. They were led by Crew Boss Braulio Maya Cortes and Squad Boss Roberto Tellez who bring years of experience in wildland and prescribed fire. We were honored to be joined by five members of the Cultural Fire Management Council from the lower Klamath River, who also participated through RBTREX, and helped reintroduce beneficial fire to the landscape.

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