Published October 26, 2022

Since our last post, the 10 crew members in Lomakatsi’s 2022 Tribal Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program put their hands on the land, working with Lomakatsi’s seasoned restoration workforce to reduce hazardous fuels on the Chiloquin Trust Lands, an important ancestral Klamath village traditionally known as “plaikni koke” that will be a focus site throughout the program.

Ecologically-based fuels reduction aims to create healthier forests that are more resilient to wildfire, while setting the stage for future cultural and prescribed fire opportunities for long term maintenance. The Tribal crew members piled cut vegetation from ecological thinning that will later be removed through controlled pile burning to enhance wildlife habitat, bolster ecocultural plants, and reduce the risk of wildfire to the Chiloquin Community. We’re grateful to the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for the Oregon Conservation Corps grant that funds the program, and to the Tribal community for making it possible. Here are some photos of the crew in action.

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