Published February 13, 2023

On Saturday, an inter-tribal crew of young adults implemented a controlled pile burn on 10 acres of private land owned by a tribal member as part of Lomakatsi’s Tribal Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program. The property borders the heart of downtown Chiloquin, adjacent to other private land as well as public land managed by the US Forest Service. Led by Lomakatsi’s professional fire team—who are Klamath tribal members and tribal affiliates—the crew used their developing skills and certifications to safely ignite piles during precise weather conditions.

The controlled burn was closely coordinated with Chiloquin Fire & Rescue, and Lomakatsi brought a Type 3 engine onsite as a resource in addition to the 14-person burn team. We thank the community members who stopped by to visit and offer words of support throughout the day.

The crew had thinned the project site with chainsaws and piled the slash earlier in the program, to enhance wildlife habitat and culturally-significant species, and to reduce the risk of wildfire to downtown Chiloquin. There will be a final phase of the project, what we call the fine tuning and cleanup, in the next couple months.

We’re proud of the tribal crew members for making it to the last week of the program, and using their experience to help restore and maintain their homelands! Thank you to Oregon Conservation Corps for funding this program. Stay tuned for updates from the final week.

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