In 2010 the Klamath Tribes established a Memorandum of Understanding with Lomakatsi Restoration Project to manage, employ and train Klamath Tribal members in ecosystem restoration. Through this formal partnership between the Klamath Tribes and Lomakatsi, one of the main goals is to develop a self-sustaining ecological restoration workforce by providing hands-on, advanced and technical skills training and experience in project implementation and management. Additionally the program is designed to support the development of Tribal forestry businesses and create employment opportunities in ecological restoration on the historic Klamath Reservation forest and beyond.
As a valuable member of the Lomakatsi workforce management team, Joe’s leadership has contributed to the success of the Klamath Tribal Workforce Training and Employment program. Joe’s primary responsibilities include directing Klamath Tribal crew members in the labor intensive aspect of on-the-ground work of restoration project implementation. Joe’s work is performed primarily in the field, working directly with and managing the daily activities of a 20 person Tribal restoration crew.
As an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes, Joe brings his knowledge of the Tribal community and cultural understanding into his job. He also brings his 30 years of experience in forestry, natural resources, wildland fire and crew management.