Published April 11, 2023

Lomakatsi recently led an introduction to restoration forestry workshop for local 16-24 year-olds as part of the collaborative Natural Resource On Ramp Camp hosted by Project Youth+ and other partners at the Table Rock Foundation property in Grants Pass. Over the week-long camp, the youth explored different topics led by expert partners as they took part in hands-on forest and watershed restoration while learning about careers in natural resources.

During Lomakatsi’s day, participants learned how to use basic forestry tools including clinometers, relascopes, and marking tape, led by our Restoration Technicians Dylan Rodvik and Liam Cislo. The youth then laid out a mock project boundary, practiced collecting data, and learned how to write a restoration prescription. In the afternoon, Lomakatsi’s Fire Operations Manager Sean Voorhes and Restoration Crew Member Harbor Engle led participants in ecological thinning of small trees, brush, and ladder fuels—which we then disposed of with live fire through controlled swamper burning.

The youth also toured Lomakatsi’s Type 6 Engine, learned about wildland fire response, and explored native plants through a scavenger hunt. Other Lomakatsi restoration team members who helped with the day’s activities include Kaiya Spain and Neil Garry, with a shout out to Training & Education Program Coordinator Sequoia Ahimsa for all her behind-the-scenes planning.
A big thank you to the youth for making this a memorable day, and to our partners for making it possible!
Partners: Project Youth+, Table Rock Foundation, Worksource Rogue Valley, Grayback Forestry, Inc., Wilson Biochar Associates
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