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Jill Beckmann, Lead Ecological Forester

As Lomakatsi’s Lead Ecological Forester, Jill Beckmann leads our team in ecological monitoring, silvicultural prescriptions, database management, and analysis. She also provides technical expertise for program development, stewardship initiatives, and technical proposals, while working with partner organizations to plan and implement holistic landscape-scale forest restoration projects.

Jill’s previous experience includes working for three federal land management agencies (USFS, NPS, and BLM) and two tribal governments (Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and the Karuk Tribe). In these roles she led and cooperatively participated in several large-scale vegetation restoration projects, ranging from the North Cascades to the Coachella Valley.

Jill’s expertise includes designing vegetation monitoring protocols and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to holistically plan inter-disciplinary ecological restoration projects that function at a landscape scale.

During her work with the Karuk Tribe and the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership in Northern California, Jill focused on revitalizing relationships between human communities and the natural landscape. She facilitated the removal of encroaching conifer trees and reinstatement of cultural and prescribed fire practices in landscapes that have been shaped by natural and anthropogenic fire for millennia.

As a member of Lomakatsi’s team, Jill continues to work collaboratively with tribal governments, state and federal agencies, and other nonprofit entities to achieve similar goals. She is also a NWCG-qualified Situation Unit Leader, Fire Effects Monitor, and GIS Specialist for wildland and prescribed fire incidents and has participated on the planning team for prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) events.

Jill has two degrees from Humboldt State—a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Forest Watershed and Wildland Science, which she received in 2019, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Geography, with minors in Biology and Natural Resources Planning, which she received in 2006. Her Master’s thesis examined competition, climate and drought effects on tree growth in an encroached Oregon white oak woodland near Kneeland, California.

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