Last year millions of Americans decided to #OptOutside on Black Friday. This year, we join REI® to encourage Americans to pass on the malls and head outside after Thanksgiving. For more than 20 years Lomakatsi has been working with communities and agencies throughout Oregon and Northern California to care for forests, streams and woodlands.
This Friday, try Opting Out to some of these beautiful places where we’ve been working.
Siskiyou Mountain Park (Ashland, OR)
Access to Siskiyou Mountain Park is located on the Southside of Ashland, just a mile from downtown, up Park Street off Siskiyou Boulevard. From there, you can hike for miles. Lomakatsi and the Ashland Parks Department established a partnership in 1999, that has evolved into a long working collaborative relationship to care for the city’s forests and woodlands. When Lomakatsi first began working in the forest, it was in need of thinning to protect the trees from disease, give the beautiful old Ponderosa pines and black oak trees some space to thrive, and reduce the risk of wildfire harming rare Sugar Pines, wildlife and nearby homes. Today, the forest is one of the favorite daily hikes for many Ashland visitors and locals. To view a map of the trails.
Hat Creek Wild Trout Area (Shasta County, CA)
Over the last four years Lomakatsi has partnered with the Pit River Tribe and California Trout to restore the beautiful, cold-water Wild Trout Area of Hat Creek, protecting wild trout populations and the unique cultural characteristics of this important creek. Cultural advisors and elders of the Illmawi Band of the Pit River Tribe, helped to direct the new plantings, bringing Traditional Ecological Knowledge into helping to recover this vital, spring-fed wild trout habitat. Lomakatsi and the Pit River Tribe also collaborated over the past three years to provide an ongoing tribal workforce training and employment program for both adults and youth, and have employed 18 tribal members who have implemented the restoration work. Funded by California Trout and the Stewardship Council, the program blended Traditional Ecological Knowledge, led by tribal elders and cultural advisors, with modern skills in ecological restoration. You can enjoy the fruits of their hard labor by walking the beautiful trials that follow the creek. To learn more about the project and see photos of what you can explore.
Knipe Park (Douglas County, OR)
Located north of Roseburg Oregon, near the town of Oakland, Mildred Knipe Memorial Park is more than 1,000 acres of mixed conifer, oak woodlands and grasslands. Once the ranch of Mildred Knipe and left to the county with strict instructions to allow no logging, the park is a favorite for locals and visitors. Through a collaborative partnership with Douglas County Parks Department, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Lomakatsi, we have implanted oak habitat restoration projects through ecologically thinning competing conifers trees across the park in an effort to protect the large old white and black oak trees and improve habitat for the Columbia White Tail Deer. Like all of Lomakatsi projects, we incorporate workforce training and employment programs into our initiatives, helping to build the skills of local residents to care for the forests, woodlands and streams in their area and make a living in the ecosystem restoration profession. To learn more about the park.
Table Rocks (Medford, OR)
Located in the heart of southwestern Oregon’s Rogue River Basin, Upper and Lower Table Rocks are twin volcanic plateaus that provide miles of hiking for Medford locals and visitors. The Table Rocks are magnificent and awe-inspiring and for more than 15,000 years the ecosystems were cared for by the Takelma people (now part of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz and Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde). Today, the Table Rocks are managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Lomakatsi has been working in partnership with TNC, BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service and others to restore declining oak ecosystems and to increase their potential to withstand the likely effects of climate change across federal and adjacent private lands. Our restoration efforts will restore wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of severe fire in the oak woodlands across Upper and Lower Table Rocks. Funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society and state and federal grants is helping bring back wildlife habitat and a plethora of wildflowers to this area so well worth visiting. For a map of the trials.