Published April 14, 2022

Lomakatsi took advantage of the cool, wet weather yesterday with 16 crew members heading up to the West Bear All-Lands Restoration Project to complete controlled pile burning across 135 acres. Here are some photos of their work on a private land site west of Talent that serves as an important strategic anchor point for response in the event of a wildfire, or for the application of future prescribed fire.

Treatment goals include reducing overly dense vegetation and thinning smaller diameter trees to increase forest health and reduce the risk of severe wildfire. This portion of restoration was funded by our partners at Sustainable Northwest, through private funding as part of their SWIFFT initiative (Sustainable Northwest), and in partnership with Oregon Department of Forestry.

West Bear is a project of Rogue Forest Partners, a diverse suite of public agency, tribal and non-profit organizations—including Lomakatsi, serving as the lead implementation partner—that are conducting landscape-scale restoration at six project sites across the Rogue Basin. Lomakatsi crews also accomplished 64 acres of piling burning at the Williams project area earlier this week, and will continue operations in West Bear through the week as smoke clearance allows.
Learn more about West Bear, Williams, and the other project areas at

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