Published January 31, 2022
Lomakatsi is excited to be working with City of Ashland, The Freshwater Trust, tribal community members, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Rogue River Watershed Council, and other partners to restore the riparian corridor along Bear Creek that was burned in the Almeda Fire. One priority restoration site is Ashland Ponds at the confluence of Bear Creek and Ashland Creeks, a treasured community recreation spot where Lomakatsi has been working for over 15 years. Although some of the native vegetation we’ve planted and stewarded over the years burned, a significant portion did survive due to our regular maintenance including cutting back blackberries in restored areas. The fire presents a unique opportunity to accomplish more restoration in areas where the fire removed dense thickets of blackberry, preparing the area for new plantings.