Lomakatsi Secures 3 Million in Funding to Restore Oak Habitat, 1-15-15

Lomakatsi Secures $3 Million in Funding to Restore Oak Habitat

01/15/2015 Over 3,000 acres of quality oak habitat on private land will be treated over the next 5 years, under a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for the Klamath-Rogue Oak Woodland Health and Habitat Conservation Project.  For news articles by the Medford Mail Tribune, click here; and by the Klamath Falls Herald and News, click here.  And click here for info about the other five projects in Oregon that received a combined $22 million in federal funding under the new Farm Bill program, the RCPP.  There was stiff competition nationwide:  660 pre-proposals were submitted, and 115 were awarded.

The RCPP program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service promotes partnerships across federal, state, and local agencies and other conservation groups to tackle high-priority natural resource challenges. Lomakatsi, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and Klamath Bird Observatory have identified important high priority oak habitat located in Jackson and Klamath counties in Oregon, as well as Siskiyou County in California, in need of restoration.

This regional, landscape scale oak conservation initiative has prioritized 3,000 acres of quality oak habitat on private land that is at risk from conifer encroachment, densification, and uncharacteristically severe wildfire, all the result of a century of fire suppression. Conservation efforts will work to reduce existing threats to oak associated plant communities, as well as protect and promote habitat connectivity for oak associated wildlife.

Restoration activities will include ecologically-based thinning, invasive species removal, prescribed burning, and re-establishment of native grasses.

Learn more about how Lomakatsi works throughout the region to protect oak ecosystems under our Oak Habitat Restoration Program at www.lomakatsi.org/oak-habitat-restoration/.

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