How to do ecological forestry work well, quickly, and in a way that sets the forest and people up to prosper in the future? For Buckhorn Springs Resort, that process started by securing a grant from the NRCS Conservation Implementation Strategy after learning of the landowner assistance program from neighbors who reported the August fire. With NRCS funding, the resort sought a crew to implement the field work plan. According to Lucas, Lomakatsi has the “right people” for the job—because it’s not just a job to Lomakatsi but a long-term relationship for long-term, large-scale strategic stewardship.
From initial conversations, Lomakatsi demonstrated superior commitment and knowledge of the fire-adapted landscape. Lomakatsi’s team was far more engaged than other potential contractors, Lucas disclosed, as if “not just trying to get the job done” but to continue the work and conversation past the duration of NRCS support and to share in the vision for healing. According to Lucas, the resort decided,
“We can trust them with our forest.”