Restoring Oak Woodland Understory Communities with Prescribed Fire – Colestin Valley, Oregon, 11-1-13
As a part of Lomakatsi’s Oak Habitat Restoration and Prescribed Fire Programs, Lomakatsi successfully coordinated the implementation of a 30 acre low intensity prescribed underburn on Friday, November 1st on privately owned oak woodlands in the Colestin Valley, Oregon. As part of an ongoing partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lomakatsi contracted Grayback Forestry, Inc. to implement the prescribed fire. Carefully planned ignitions safely re-introduced fire to this oak woodland habitat, promoting the renewal of the natural fire process.
Restoration work in the area is performed as part of the Oak Habitat Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Program (CCPI), in which Lomakatsi is the lead sponsor working in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Klamath Bird Observatory to promote conservation practices that help restore declining oak habitats on private lands. This initiative implements strategically planned oak habitat restoration in Douglas and Jackson counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in California.
In addition to the reduction of conifer encroachment through density thinning, restoration by-product utilization, and slash treatments, prescribed fire objectives contribute to the development of habitat for oak associated wildlife and the restoration of native herbaceous understory plant communities.