Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership Program
Restoring Ecosystems and Enhancing Tribal Economies
For more than fifteen years Lomakatsi has worked in partnership with Native American Tribes and tribal communities throughout Oregon and Northern California to build sustainable ecosystem restoration programs. Lomakatsi’s tribal staff works closely with tribal and agency partners to incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge into ecosystem restoration projects. Tribal partnership initiatives assist in building tribal capacity for the implementation of ecological restoration across thousands of acres of ancestral lands.
Lomakatsi works with tribal and agency partners in establishing long-term ecosystem restoration agreements where projects are implemented across federal, private and tribal trust lands. Partnerships with industry are also established and restoration by-products are generated from ecological thinning, supporting forest -related enterprises by providing saw logs, biomass, and small diameter materials to local mills. Additionally, hundreds of tribal jobs have been created through adult and youth workforce training programs, providing long-term employment.
Media coverage highlights:
Oak restoration project a step to returning indigenous fire, Spring 2020, by Tom Greco, California Oaks Coalition Newsletter, Oakland, California.
Oak burn project a step to returning indigenous fire to ancestral land, January 8, 2020, by Tom Greco, InterMountain News, Burney, California.
Seeking aid from the original fire experts, April 2, 2019, by Caitlin Fowlkes, Ashland Tidings, Ashland, Oregon.
Fighting wildfire with youth, March 30, 2019, by Nick Morgan, Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon.
Bridging Cultures to Restore Hat Creek Wild Trout Area, June 22, 2018, by ICT Editorial Team, Indian Country Today, Washington, DC.
Lessons from Indigenous Traditions and Innovation, June 21, 2018, by Jennifer Dowdell, Biohabitats, National.
A natural career: Klamath Tribes members learn forest stewardship from Lomakatsi, July 5, 2018, by Morgan Theopil, Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon.
Outdoor classroom: Hands-on training, tribal history included in restoration project, July 26, 2014, by Nora Avery-Page, Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon. For more about Lomakatsi’s Klamath Tribal Youth Training & Employment Program in the summer of 2014, with Lomakatsi photos, click here.
Organizations collaborate to establish restoration — Project managers report boost of workers’ skills, November 25, 2012, by Devan Schwartz, Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Forest Warriors, — Tribal group conducts restoration projects, gets on-the-job training, Jan 26, 2012, Herald & News, Klamath Falls, OR, featuring the Klamath Tribes, The Nature Conservancy, and Lomakatsi. For more info about the site at Sycan Marsh, click here and here.
“Bringing ‘balance’ to nature — Klamath Tribal members hope to use skills on ancestral land“, by Vickie Aldous, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 26, 2011.