Klamath Tribal Youth Training & Employment Program — Summer, 2014
Domonic Johnson marks a tree Thursday in the forests north of Beatty. Photo by Dave Martinez, Herald and News, July 26, 2014
Lomakatsi Restoration Project, in partnership with the Klamath Tribes, managed the Klamath Tribal Youth Training and Employment Program this summer. This hands-on workforce training, education, and employment program utilized the Fremont-Winema National Forest and adjacent lands as a living laboratory for tribal youth in the Klamath Basin to learn a variety of skills in forest and watershed restoration. Through positive work experience and teamwork development, the Klamath Tribal Youth Training and Employment Program provides professional skills, a sense of responsibility, a long-term community service ethic, and a foundation toward future employment in the field of natural resource stewardship.
Lomakatsi resource staff provided hands-on training and insight into career paths in natural resources, ecosystem restoration, science and ecology.
Through a competitive application process, 10 local youth ages 16-24 were selected to participate in this 3-week intensive in which participants were paid $10 an hour to conduct forest and watershed restoration projects.
As part of the Fremont-Winema Forest Restoration Stewardship Project, the Klamath Tribal Youth Training and Employment Program utilized the forested landscape as an outdoor laboratory. Collaborative partners of the project include the Klamath Tribes, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, The Nature Conservancy and the US Forest Service.
Under the guidance of Lomakatsi’s professional workforce trainers, participants implemented a series of stewardship projects in the Fremont-Winema Stewardship Project on US Forest Service administered lands and adjacent private lands.
Lyndia Hammer, Lomakatsi Restoration Ecologist, is shown here demonstrating how to read tree cores in her discussion of forest ecology with youth participants.
Lomakatsi Executive Director Marko Bey discussed how ground crews implement prescriptions to achieve landscape scale forest restoration projects with Klamath Tribal Youth Program participants.
Local natural resource specialists from The Nature Conservancy, the Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, and the Klamath Falls US Fish and Wildlife Service office, gave guest presentations throughout the program.
Lomakatsi managed two youth crews this summer as part of our Youth Ecological Stewardship Training and Employment Program. This provided an opportunity for youth participants of both programs to gain a more extensive experience as they traveled to a variety of ecosystems to implement restoration projects. Participants of the Klamath Tribal Youth Program performed prescribed burn preparation alongside the Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program crew in the Ashland Watershed.
Participants of the Ashland Watershed Youth Program traveled to the Klamath Basin to perform native plant maintenance and noxious weed management with Klamath Tribal Youth Program participants along 7 Mile Creek, as well as participate in a stream assessment study.
The Klamath Tribal Youth Training and Employment Program provided environmental education and professional experience in a variety of ecosystem management skills sets to inspire the next generation of natural resource professionals. We are extremely proud of this group of hardworking and enthusiastic youth and we thank them for making this summer’s program a huge success!