Restoring ecosystems and ancestral lands. Supporting tribal communities and economies.
Lomakatsi’s tribally led Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership Program and the Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership (ITERP) support partnerships with Native American Tribes and tribal communities throughout Oregon and northern California to build sustainable ecosystem restoration programs.
Lomakatsi’s tribal staff, representing tribal members from seven tribal nations, work closely with tribal and agency partners to incorporate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge into ecosystem restoration projects. Tribal Partnership initiatives assist in building a tribal workforce with managerial and administrative capacity to implement ecological restoration and work on their time immemorial ancestral land bases, as the first best stewards. ITERP members represent regional tribes; tribal community leaders; Native American- owned forestry, wildland fire, and natural resource contracting businesses; and tribal-led nonprofit restoration and behavioral health organizations and programs throughout Oregon and northern California.
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
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Tribal Partnerships Program Updates
Press: Inter-tribal training program builds regional capacity for forest, community resilience
Tribally Led Restoration Project Highlights
Tribal partnership initiatives assist in building tribal capacity for the implementation of ecological restoration across thousands of acres of ancestral lands.
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.
Edison Chiloquin Trust Lands
Klamath County, Oregon
Community wildfire protection 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
Karuk Stewardship Agreement
Siskiyou County, California
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 10,000 acres
Funding. CAL FIRE California Forest Improvement Program, U.S. Forest Service, MillsDavis Foundation
Ashland Creek Pond Riparian and Ecocultural Restoration Project
Jackson County, Oregon
Post-fire 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. Lomakatsi Restoration Project, The Freshwater Trust, in coordination 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, Jonas Philanthropies, community donations
Taktokeewa Pine Springs Habitat Restoration Project
Modoc County, California
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. U.S. Forest Service, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, MillsDavis Foundation
Willamette Basin Oak Habitat Restoration Project
Polk County, Oregon
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 Lake Trail Improvement and Ecocultural Enhancement Project
Shasta County, California
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
Oregon Tribal Summit 2023
Lomakatsi is honored to be funded by Meyer Memorial Trust to plan an Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership Peer-to-Peer Learning Summit with tribal partners.
The event aims to elevate tribal partnerships in forest restoration efforts, and increase tribal inclusion in other forestry collaborative agreements that would benefit tribal communities and empower partnerships to co-manage, co-invest and collaborate on large, landscape-scale initiatives.
More information to follow soon.