Published July 8, 2022
The Lomakatsi Youth Crew returned from the long weekend eager to explore more of the skills and careers of ecological restoration! This week’s work drew attention to wildlife and habitat conservation. The crew collected seeds of camas, Oregon sunshine, and Dichlostemma under the guidance of Kathryn Prive, Executive Director of The Understory Initiative, at Table Rocks, where Lomakatsi has a long history of restoring oak habitat in partnership with Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, and many others. They also collected native plant seeds and netted insects under the guidance of Jeanine Moy, Director at Vesper Meadow, to support meadow habitat enhancement for an imperiled pollinator species, the Mardon skipper butterfly. Before heading back to the valley, the crew removed wire fencing surrounding the meadow that could restrict wildlife passage within the important ecosystem.