Published May 12, 2023

This week we are excited to launch the second year of the High Cascades Job Training Education & Resource Protection Program in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Now through October, Lomakatsi crews will support vegetation management and facilities maintenance at 8 campgrounds and day use areas from Prospect to Fish Lake and the Butte Springs area. The program integrates training opportunities and engagement with the awesome staff of the High Cascades Ranger District to promote natural resource job skills.

This year’s crew will include some of the inter-tribal crew members from the Chiloquin community who participated last year. It will also help support jobs for several 18- to 26-year-olds on our two Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program crews, after that program ends next month—allowing participants to continue to hone their skills in fuels reduction as well as gain new experience supporting recreation on public lands.

This week, both of these Lomakatsi crews continued work at Union Creek Campground, where they are thinning vegetation around campground facilities and trails to reduce wildfire risk. We thank RRSNF Supervisor Merv George for stopping by to share words of encouragement with crew members, and the rest of our US Forest Service colleagues for lending their expertise to this continued partnership that brings many benefits to our diverse communities.

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