Tribal Partnerships Program

Restoring ecosystems and ancestral lands, and supporting tribal communities and 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.

We acknowledge that Lomakatsi operates programs across the ancestral lands of Native peoples who lived and live in the watersheds of the Rogue River, Klamath River, Illinois River, Willamette River, Smith River, Umpqua River, and Pit River. Read more about Land Acknowledgement here.

Key aspects of our Tribal Partnerships Program

  • Form tribal and agency partnerships
  • Work across federal, private, and tribal trust lands
  • Incorporate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Support forest-related businesses with restoration by-products
  • Provide peer-to-peer worker training and long-term employment, including for young adults through the Tribal Youth Ecological Forestry Training Program

Tribally Led Restoration Projects

Tribal partnership initiatives assist in building tribal capacity for the implementation of ecological restoration across thousands of acres of ancestral lands.


Forest thinning and ecocultural restoration

Objectives. Employ a tribal workforce; Reduce hazardous forest fuels; Enhance wildlife habitat; Improve forest health; Promote culturally beneficial subsistence plant species; Reduce the risk of severe wildfire

Partners. Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin tribal communities, U.S. Forest Service Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Reach. An initial 41 acres within the 580-acre Chiloquin Trust Lands, and adjacent tribally-owned and other private lands.

Funding. Oregon Conservation Corps, Gray Family Foundation, The Roundhouse Foundation, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Somes Bar

Fuels reduction for the reintroduction of fire

Objectives. Thin focal areas for reintroduction of cultural burning to improve conditions of certain sites, objects, features, or properties; Demonstrate the reintroduction of fire as a cultural environmental management practice project

Partners. Karuk Tribe, U.S. Forest Service Six Rivers National Forest, The Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Reach. Approximately 5500 acres

Funding. MillsDavis Foundation

Ashland Creek Pond

Riparian and ecocultural restoration

Objectives. Restore the ecological function of Ashland Creek and Bear Creek riparian corridors after the 2020 Almeda Fire; Promote culturally beneficial subsistence plant species; Reduce the risk of severe wildfire; Continue restoration efforts underway since 2005 to protect native wildlife population and preserve community recreational attributes

Partners. The Freshwater Trust, Lomakatsi Restoration Project. In consultation with the Shasta community, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians

Reach. 13 acres of streamside habitat

Funding. City of Ashland, The Freshwater Trust

Taktokeewa Pine Springs

Fuels reduction for wildlife habitat restoration

Objectives. Complete ecologically based commercial thinning; Incorporate cultural resource management; Develop and implement multi-party monitoring; Develop and implement long-term tribal workforce and employment through peer to peer training

Partners. Kosealekte Band of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation, U.S. Forest Service Modoc National Forest, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Reach. Initial 3,000 acres, approximately 20,000 acres over 10 years

Funding. MillsDavis Foundation

Willamette Valley

Oak habitat ecocultural restoration

Objectives. Remove encroaching conifers and non-native invasive species; Develop tribal workforce capacity to conduct habitat restoration and long-term ecocultural stewardship within ancestral lands; Promote oak cultural uses and tribal food sovereignty; Collect pre-treatment and post treatment ecological monitoring data

Partners. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Reach. 372 acres at Colburg Ridge and Noble Oaks

Funding. Oregon Watershed Engagement Board, MillsDavis Foundation

Fall River

Trail improvement and ecocultural enhancement

Objectives. Reduce fuel hazards to restore 20 acres of oak woodland; Improve trails for low-impact recreational use; Install educational signs; Design and implement tribal workforce training and employment

Partners. Ajumawi Band of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation, Fall River Valley Community Services District, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Reach. 20 acres of oak woodland, 2 miles of trails

Funding. Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council

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