Published June 30, 2023

This week, we kicked off the 11th year of our Ashland Watershed Youth Training & Employment Program! Over this 4-week program, 20 juniors and seniors from Rogue Valley high schools will get paid to learn the basics of ecological restoration under the guidance of Lomakatsi’s seasoned staff and help steward local forests and streams as part of The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) and other projects. They’ll also engage with many partner natural resource professionals who will visit to share about their areas of expertise and career pathways.

We thank Siskiyou Mountains District Ranger Jen Sanborn of the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and former City of Ashland Oregon Councilor Stef Seffinger for joining Lomakatsi’s Executive Director Marko Bey, Tribal Partnerships Director Belinda Brown, and Education & Training Program Coordinator Sequoia Ahimsa to welcome the new crew members and share words of wisdom at a gathering on Monday.

They spent the rest of their week piling slash from ecological thinning as part of AFR, learning about local ecology and how to work together as a crew. Thank you to Dr. Kerry Metlen and Molly Morrison from The Nature Conservancy in Oregon for presenting on fire ecology and stewardship, and to Josh Bronson from the US Forest Service for presenting on insects and disease. And a special thank you to our amazing restoration technicians Liam Cislo and Kaiya Spain who are serving as crew leaders this year. Stay tuned for more updates!

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