Published May 9, 2024

In March of 2023, Lomakatsi and the U.S. Forest Service – Fremont-Winema National Forest signed a 10-year Master Stewardship Agreement as part of the Forest Restoration and Ecosystem Resilience Initiative. Lomakatsi is excited to continue our ongoing partnership with tribal organizations, the tribal community of Chiloquin and Klamath County, OR, and the Fremont-Winema National Forest through this forest restoration, community wildfire resilience, and tribal workforce training initiative.

After several years of planning and months of technical forestry design and pre-implementation work, Lomakatsi is conducting ecological thinning and hand piling this week on the Chiloquin Ranger District in the Sand Creek project area about 15 miles north of Chiloquin. The work is being accomplished by a 25-member inter-tribal crew employed by Lomakatsi, comprised of tribal members from The Klamath Tribes, Pit River Tribe, Northern Paiute Gidutikad Band of Fort Bidwell Indian Tribe, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
This work is made possible through our Master Stewardship Agreement with the US Forest Service, with funding from the USFS and match investments from Lomakatsi through Oregon Conservation Corps (Oregon Youth Works) and private foundation funding. Initial work taking place this year serves as the catalyst for planned future projects in collaboration with the Fremont-Winema National Forest across thousands of acres.
Crew members have completed, or are currently part of, Lomakatsi’s Inter-Tribal Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program for young adults ages 18-26, through which they’ve earned professional certifications in wildland fire, chainsaw operations, incident command systems, cultural monitoring, technical forestry, and First Aid/CPR. This mobile crew has worked across the region over the last couple of seasons implementing a variety of projects in northern California and Oregon. We’re excited for the inter-tribal crew to focus on work east of the Cascades, mitigating risks to diverse forest habitats, ecosystem services, recreation areas, and surrounding communities.

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