Published April 16, 2024

Earlier this month, a team of Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) partners gathered to review the first oak habitat restoration treatments completed on private lands west of Eagle Point as part of the Upper Rogue Oak Initiative. After months of collaborative planning, Lomakatsi crews—including tribal and multicultural trainees in our Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program—conducted ecological thinning of conifers and other encroaching species to favor oaks, with funding from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and additional support through Oregon Conservation Corps (Oregon Youth Works). The thinning will be followed by controlled pile burning, and in some locations, prescribed understory burning and native plant seeding.

Treatments will continue across private and Bureau of Land Management lands as part of this landscape-scale initiative in the ecologically rich and culturally important oak woodlands of the Upper Rogue Watershed northeast of Medford, Oregon. Partner visits to review treatments and ongoing monitoring are essential to KSON’s collaborative, adaptive management approach to ensure we’re meeting ecological and cultural restoration objectives. Learn more at https://klamathbird.org/…/upper-rogue-oak-initiative/

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