Over the past year, thanks to generous support from people like you, Lomakatsi and our partners made substantial progress restoring areas impacted by the 2020 Almeda Fire. We launched an ecocultural restoration project at Ashland Pond and the confluence of Bear Creek and Ashland Creek, in partnership with the City of Ashland, Helman Elementary School and others, to re-establish critical streamside habitat upon which Coho salmon, Steelhead, birds, and other wildlife rely. This project incorporates culturally significant plant species in partnership with tribal communities and creates service-learning opportunities for people of all ages.
Your year-end gift will be used to restore important streamside habitat and enhance water quality along Bear Creek and its tributaries, including at Ashland Pond.
Bringing an ecological, equitable model to partnerships
Through all of Lomakatsi’s work, we are committed to putting ecosystem health first by designing restoration treatments that reduce the risk of severe wildfire while enhancing habitat, building forest resilience, and setting the stage for the return of beneficial fire. We leverage our nationally-recognized ecological workforce training and development model to build local capacity and elevate the essential role of the hands that touch the land.
For over 27 years, communities and organizations across Oregon and northern California have trusted Lomakatsi to lead collaborative forest and watershed restoration efforts, both large and small. You can trust that your donation to Lomakatsi will be used effectively to benefit ecosystems, cultures, and communities.
Working with Tribal Nations and communities has been central to Lomakatsi’s mission since its inception, and we are honored to continue these partnerships and forge new ones throughout Oregon and northern California, supporting tribes in building workforce capacity to steward their ancestral lands and enhancing ecocultural resources. Lomakatsi was also selected for an Oregon Conversation Corps grant to run an 18-week ecological forestry training program for ten tribal young adults from Klamath County—and a second session for Jackson and Josephine County youth in the spring—that provides professional certifications, hands-on experience, and the foundation for career pathways in natural resources.
Lomakatsi is in it for the long haul as we work together to restore habitats, reduce community wildfire risk, and protect wildlife, water, ecosystem services, and the natural places we treasure.