Since 1995, Lomakatsi has been creating jobs, developing workforce, and furthering contractor capacity for the emerging ecological restoration and stewardship forestry industry throughout southern Oregon and northern California.

The Lomakatsi crew is a ‘best value’ ecologically conscious workforce.  Lomakatsi’s leading saw crews comprise a specialized technical thinning team that is accustomed to carrying out detailed ecological prescriptions. Crew managers are knowledgeable in the diversity and complexity of local fire-adapted ecosystems.  Crews are regularly trained in fire ecology, soils, wildlife habitat, plant associations, and watershed function and health, along with all the necessary skills to perform on-the-ground work.  All Lomakatsi crew management and crew staff are certified and current with various state and federal certifications to implement prescribed fire applications.

Lomakatsi consistently employs an ‘in-house’ multicultural restoration crew, consisting of Native American, Latino and Euro-American crew members.  Although our crew members come from a diversity of cultures, they join together forming a very specific and unique restoration worker culture.  Lomakatsi crew members are family people.

In addition to our own crews, we employ forestry contractors and timber operators from the different communities where we are implementing restoration projects. During our busy season, Lomakatsi is responsible for providing employment for up to 150 personnel.

Lomakatsi Workforce Philosophy

Lomakatsi was founded by forest workers.  Lomakatsi has been built “from the ground up” by the hands of workers.  The ecological restoration workforce is the backbone and foundation of Lomakatsi.  The task of implementing forest and watershed restoration is a daunting one, and requires strong hands that directly work to heal the land.

Restoration workers use their bodies and minds to plant the trees along the streams and clear-cuts, pull the invasive weeds, thin the dense, fire-suppressed forests, stabilize the slopes, seed the native grasses back to the woodlands, stack the sticks to reduce fire hazards and carry the drip torches across the steep slopes in an effort to carefully reintroduce fire back to these landscapes.

Empowering the Green Collar Workforce and honoring the vital role these individuals play in the restoration process is highly regarded within the Lomakatsi social philosophy.  The treatment of the workers is reflected in the treatment of the land. The two are inseparable. As one of our principles states “Remember the Workers: Happy respected people do the best work.”

Lomakatsi has worked to raise the bar for forest workers by adopting polices within our organization that foster the empowerment and respectful treatment of restoration workers. We work to spread this model in hopes of influencing contractors and outfits performing restoration work and service forestry to adopt policies where workers are respected.

Restoration work is labor intensive, often dangerous, and out of public view due to the remote nature of project locations.  Lomakatsi’s founders and managers understand the difficulty and nature of this work from their own experiences. Often, project planners are the ones who receive the praise while the inherent marginalization of workers is common. Restoration workers are the landscape artists who, with their hands, are transforming these forests and watersheds toward resiliency and health — one tree at a time, one acre at a time.

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