Published August 16, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Lomakatsi Restoration Project have partnered to maintain seven campgrounds and day use areas on the High Cascades Ranger District, while creating a training opportunity for an inter-tribal crew through the Job Training, Education, and Resource Protection Project. Building on our long-term partnership through landscape-scale forest restoration and workforce training, 11 Klamath tribal crew members employed by Lomakatsi are supporting operations at recreational sites from Prospect to Fish Lake and the Butte Springs area from June through October, assisting with maintenance, enhancing trails, improving wildlife habitat, and removing hazardous fuels.

Led by Lomakatsi Tribal Projects Manager George Swartzlender, a member of the Kosealekte Band of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation (federally recognized as the Pit River Tribe), the tribal crew is working full time in shifts, providing important services 7 days per week. In addition to maintaining recreational sites and facilities, crew members are receiving training in forestry, fuels reduction, trail maintenance, and cultural resource protection in a peer-to-peer learning environment, from experienced members of the crew and partners from the Forest Service.

Building on our long-term partnership through landscape-scale forest restoration and workforce training, 11 Klamath tribal crew members employed by Lomakatsi are supporting operations at recreational sites from Prospect to Fish Lake and the Butte Springs area from June through October.

Lomakatsi is grateful for the opportunity to provide capacity to our partners at the Forest Service through this program, including with private philanthropic co-investment, as we continue to serve community members, support tribal jobs and training opportunities, and bolster recreational services and the local rural economy through our tribally-led Tribal Partnerships Program and the Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership.

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