As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, Lomakatsi honors the contributions of our multicultural, predominantly Latino restoration workforce – the hearts and boots on the ground working tirelessly for healthier ecosystems and communities. Supporting this strong and growing workforce are the Promotoras, forest worker advocates, crew bosses, and lead restoration crew managers who dedicate themselves to making a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace a common standard.
Restoration workers plant the trees, pull invasive weeds, thin the dense, fire-suppressed forests, stabilize the slopes, seed native grasses back to the woodlands, and carry the drip torches that carefully reintroduce fire back into our landscapes.
Hundreds of Latinx forest workers put their hands on the land in the woods on a daily basis to reduce the risk of wildfire, enhance wildlife habitat, protect our communities, and make the Rogue Valley a safer place to live.
We couldn’t do the work of restoring communities, cultures, and economies, without these hands on the land. From all of us at Lomakatsi, thank you to our Hispanic forest workers, leaders, support staff, and families.
Here are some photos of our restoration forestry crews, and the Unity Through Community event hosted by the Jackson County Community Long-Term Recovery Group last month, where community members shared with us what they think makes a strong community: kindness, communication, funding, understanding, trust, support, unity, and agreement on how to do things well.