Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program

2022-2023 program funded through Oregon Conservation Corps

Paid, hands-on restoration learning experiences for young adults ages 18-26 in the Jackson County area.

About the Program

Lomakatsi’s Youth Ecological Forestry Training & Employment Program is an evolution of our youth program model that serves young adults ages 18-26. Participants earn nationally recognized certifications and gain hands-on experience in ecological restoration and fuels reduction, including through our landscape-scale collaborative initiatives.

Lomakatsi is honored to be a Program Partner of Oregon Conservation Corps, a statewide effort to create fire-adapted communities and train the workforce of tomorrow. An OCC grant to Lomakatsi is funding two expanded 18-week sessions of our program in 2022-2023.

Check out the videos on this page by OCC, featuring Lomakatsi’s program and others.

2022-23 Program Dates

The first session, which ran October 2022–February 2023, served 10 tribal young adults from the Chiloquin community in Klamath County. The second session runs February–June 2023, serving 10 young adults from Jackson County.

Learn more about Lomakatsi’s Tribal Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program.

Learn more about Oregon Conservation Corps.

Gain valuable workforce experience
Under the guidance of Lomakatsi’s professional workforce trainers and guest natural resource specialists, participants take part in stewardship-related activities including ecological restoration, technical forestry, botany, invasive species management, ecological monitoring, fire ecology, stream restoration, watershed management, wildlife habitat restoration, trail maintenance, soil science, and more.

Get paid to train
During this intensive program, participants are employed by Lomakatsi’s hands-on workforce training and environmental education program. Participants are paid a competitive hourly wage to conduct work projects five days per week. Most work is performed in the field with some classroom instruction time.

Through positive work experiences and teamwork development, program participants develop professional skills, a sense of responsibility and self-sufficiency, a long-term community service and stewardship ethic, and the ability to obtain future employment in natural resource management. Certifications earned include safe chainsaw operation for restoration and hazard fuel reduction, basics of wildland firefighting, and First Aid/CPR. Participants also practice essential forestry techniques in the field, including data collection, tree marking, and unit boundary layout.

Working across the landscape
The Program is integrated into Lomakatsi’s long-term landscape-scale forest and watershed restoration projects through established stewardship and cooperative agreements with federal agencies. From top to bottom, the Rogue Valley and surrounding lands are used as outdoor laboratories in which participants learn about and help restore a diversity of ecosystems.

Restoration skills and training areas

  • Forest, stream, and wetland restoration
  • Ecological forestry and by-product utilization
  • Native grass seeding and vegetation planting
  • Wildlife habitat improvement
  • Noxious weed removal
  • Fish passage and habitat enhancement
  • GPS mapping
  • Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Forest thinning for habitat health and fuels reduction
  • Fish monitoring/counting
  • Technical forestry skills
  • Scientific monitoring
  • Trail management
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