Executive Director and Lomakatsi’s Founder, Marko oversees all aspects of the organization’s efforts, working in close coordination with the Board of Directors. Marko’s central focus is on program and organizational development, project procurement, planning and operations. His other responsibilities include grant writing and fundraising, technical planning, and the management of cooperative agreements, stewardship agreements and contracts.
Lomakatsi’s ten regional ecosystem restoration programs and associated workforce initiatives are a primary result of his work. Most essential has been his leadership in the orchestration and formation of collaborative partnerships — partnerships that are strengthened by a wide variety of stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, organizations, private landowners and community members.
Marko also serves as one of the core members of Lomakatsi’s Technical Team, working closely with the organization’s staff of ecosystem resource professionals on the overall design of ecological forestry projects, silvicultural prescriptions, habitat restoration and watershed enhancement projects.
Beginning as a tree planter working on federal lands in 1987, Marko has over thirty years of experience in forestry and ecosystem restoration, from the ground up. He has worked throughout six western states and a variety of ecological communities, most extensively in the forests and watersheds of southern Oregon and northern California. With an applied knowledge of restoration practice and local landscape conditions, he has researched, studied, and developed a wide range of ecological forestry and watershed restoration practices. Specific areas of on-the-ground expertise include riparian, oak woodland and mixed conifer restoration, reforestation, restoration forestry, fuels management, technical work, and the development and direction of worker training programs.
Working locally and regionally to advance the full spectrum of ecosystem restoration, green job creation and forest-based community revitalization, Marko serves as the Board President of the Northwest Forest Worker Center, as a Board member of the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, and as member of the Klamath-Siskiyou Oak Network. Marko also participates in a variety of strategic coalitions, committees and interdisciplinary teams, both regionally and nationally, contributing to the development and advancement of community-based ecological restoration.