Published February 8, 2023

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Medford District, Lomakatsi crews conducted controlled hand pile burning this morning on 100 acres of oak woodland on the east side of Upper Table Rock. The Lomakatsi Rogue Valley crews from the local Latino community joined forces with the Lomakatsi inter-tribal crew from the Chiloquin/Klamath Falls tribal community for a total of 38 personnel, as we took advantage of ideal burning conditions today.
The piles burned were generated from ecological thinning as part of ongoing oak habitat restoration efforts spanning both Table Rocks, through a long-term partnership between Lomakatsi and the BLM Medford District. We’re working together through a 10-year Stewardship Agreement—a unique partnership tool for collaborative co-investment. This work is also part of the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network, a collaborative regional partnership to conserve oak habitats on private and public lands in southern Oregon and northern California. KSON partners have accomplished over 1,400 acres of oak habitat restoration at Table Rocks since 2014, working across public and private lands to build landscape resiliency.
A big thank you to all the crew members who helped accomplish this important work today, and to the BLM Medford District, and Oregon Conservation Corps (Oregon Youth Works)—through support for Lomakatsi’s Tribal Ecological Forestry Training Program—for making this work possible.

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