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  • Federal Land Stewardship - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    and increase their resilience Reduce hazardous fuel For more information about stewardship contracting http www fs fed us forestmanagement stewardship Lomakatsi s Experience with Stewardship Contracts and Agreements Since the emergence of federal land stewardship contracting in southwestern Oregon in 2004 Lomakatsi has accomplished successful implementation as a lead community based ecological forestry organization and contractual entity The missions and values which guide the stewardship contracting are aligned with the foundation of Lomakatsi s ecological and social principles Over the years Lomakatsi and our partners have developed successful strategies and integrated approaches where ecologically driven management objectives are combined with innovative resource extraction methods We have pioneered a holistic community based model which addresses the social economic and ecological aspects of stewardship projects Through this approach we have achieved successful outcomes not only on the ground but within the forest based rural communities in which we live work and serve For the past 6 years Lomakatsi has built our organization s capacity in stewardship contracting from the ground up including assisting in building the capacity of other contractors and organizations Successful stewardship project implementation has been accomplished on several thousand acres for multiple projects The ground work for associated utilization of forest products biomass and market development is becoming well established During this time Lomakatsi has provided training and employment to over 200 forest workers contractors and logging operators through stewardship contracts and agreements Comments are closed Become a Member Get Involved Events Volunteer Internships Employment Opportunities Contact Us 541 488 0208 info lomakatsi org PO Box 3084 Ashland OR 97520 Active Stewardship Contracts and Agreements Bureau of Land Management Stewardship Contracts South Stew Stewardship Contract Grants Pass Resource Area Beginning in 2004 this is a seven year contract to implement hazardous fuel reduction forest restoration and by product utilization on approximately 2 000 acres throughout Josephine County in the forests of the Illinois Applegate and Lower Rogue watersheds Ashland Westside Stewardship Contract Ashland Resource Area Beginning in 2010 this is a five year contract to implement hazardous fuel reduction forest restoration and by product utilization on approximately 5 200 acres in the Middle Applegate Watershed Jackson County Oregon U S Forest Service Stewardship Agreements WildRivers Master Stewardship Agreement In November 2008 Lomakatsi Restoration Project Siskiyou Project and the U S Forest Service entered into a ten year ten thousand acre Master Cost Share Stewardship Agreement to achieve a variety of goals including Ecological Restoration Climate Change Resiliency Reduce the Risk of Fire Community Collaboration Workforce Training and Jobs and Significant Local Restoration Capacity The area addressed in this Master Stewardship Agreement MSA is known as the Wild Rivers Ranger District and lies within the borders of the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest south of Cave Junction Oregon For more information on projects done under this agreement click here Ashland Forest Resiliency Master Stewardship Agreement A collaborative partnership is established between the U S Forest Service City of Ashland Lomakatsi Restoration Project and The Nature Conservancy beginning in March of

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  • Forest & Watershed Restoration Programs - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    News News and Events Media Videos Ecological Info Restoration Fire Traditional Ecological Knowledge Links Partners Allies SOU Native American Ecological Education Symposium 2014 Traditional Ecological Knowledge links Search for Forest Watershed Restoration Programs Lomakatsi has four programs dealing with forest and watershed restoration For information about each click on the following links or select the tabs of the same name under this menu Restoration Forestry Oak Habitat Restoration Prescribed Fire

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  • Restoration Forestry & Fuel Hazard Reduction - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    the forest include increased risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfire with resultant impacts to soil water air plant animal and human resources The forest also experiences increased risk of insects and disease loss of large old trees reduced wildlife habitat value and decreased productivity In the Ashland Watershed younger fir trees grow densely in the absence of naturally occurring wildfire Here a legacy pine tree is shown before treatment in the Ashland Watershed Development of fine scale treatments is important to Lomakatsi for a high quality restoration outcome Prior to restoration implementation Lomakatsi s Technical Team perform vegetation inventories and forest condition assessments that inform how treatments and operations will be implemented Lomakatsi s Restoration Design Specialist uses a range finder to measure inventory plot distances Lomakatsi Forest Resource Staff perform tree measurements and forest vegetation inventory to inform treatments and provide monitoring data As part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project Lomakatsi s forestry technicians mark trees for removal Key priorities and objectives during the planning and design of forest restoration projects include protection of large old legacy trees as well as protection of wildlife habitat such as large old snags Lead Forestry Technician for the Klamath Tribes and Lomakatsi Forestry Technician strategize for the protection of snags such as this white fir during operations in the Fremont Winema National Forest Taken in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project the photo shows Lomakatsi forest workers reducing Douglas fir encroachment through ecological thinning to stall the mortality of select large old madrone trees Implementing ecologically based thinning for the retention and protection of large trees like this madrone is a high priority for Lomakatsi A timber faller from Forest Energy Group performs thinning in a 70 year old tree plantation in a Late Successional Reserve on Forest Service lands near the Oregon Caves as part of the Hope Mountain Stewardship Project Josephine County In addition to employing our own Lomakatsi forestry personnel and restoration crews we hire local timber operators and forestry contractors from the communities where we conduct projects Partnering To Achieve Restoration Objectives At the Coburg Preserve in the Willamette Valley encroaching Douglas fir is thinned removed and sent to local mills Throughout Oregon Lomakatsi has been managing oak restoration projects in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and local forestry crews The objective is to reduce conifer encroachment to retain oak trees and restore woodland habitat A forest worker removes Douglas fir overtopping Oregon white oak trees as part of the Willamette Confluence Oak Restoration Project Through a partnership with the City of Eugene and local forestry operators Lomakatsi managed the implementation of the South Eugene Meadows Oak Restoration Project Young encroaching Douglas firs were removed to protect oaks through this ecological commercial thinning project and the restoration by products Douglas firs were removed by helicopter to protect sensitive meadow habitat South Eugene Meadows Oak Restoration Project As part of the Snow Creek Oak Restoration Project located in Siskiyou County California Lomakatsi staff marked small diameter Douglas fir

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  • Oak Habitat Restoration - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    species have been lost Due to overcrowding remaining oaks are not developing the same structural traits Exotic Invasive Species Non native plants like Scotch broom English hawthorn and Yellow starthistle have invaded the understory communities increasing fuel loads and degrading habitat Impacts to Watershed Health Upland habitats affect aquatic systems by influencing the hydrologic function of watersheds slope stability and erosion Encroaching vegetation in oak systems affects watershed function by reducing water yield and increasing the potential for high severity fire and subsequent erosion and sediment delivery to streams Land Use Conversion Oak habitats continue to be converted to other uses such as cropland vineyards and residential development Oak Habitat Restoration Program Objectives Protect and promote the development of habitat for oak associated wildlife Curtail the decline of oak associated plant communities by reducing existing threats Improve watershed health and function Oak Habitat Restoration Strategies and Priorities Identify map and inventory priority oak habitat sites Develop restoration funding sources Work collaboratively with state and federal agencies Native American tribes private landowners and other nonprofit organizations Restoration project planning including developing stewardship plans treatment prescriptions prescribed fire burn plans and operational strategies On the ground restoration through an innovative ecological adaptive management approach Reintroduction of low intensity prescribed fire applications Utilize restoration by products Ecological monitoring for long term evaluation and research Eco cultural restoration through partnerships with Native American tribes and incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in the design of oak restoration treatments Community engagement and education Student and youth education Workforce training and job creation Comments are closed Become a Member Get Involved Events Volunteer Internships Employment Opportunities Contact Us 541 488 0208 info lomakatsi org PO Box 3084 Ashland OR 97520 Restoring Oak Habitat in Southern Oregon Northern California A Guide for Private Landowners Interested in learning how you can help protect and promote oak habitat This 53 page document is a good place to start Developed by Klamath Bird Observatory and Lomakatsi Restoration Project in collaboration with Bureau of Land Management Klamath Basin Audubon Society and the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program the guide provides valuable information about oak ecosystems of this area including some of the wildlife species that depend on them and how private landowners can help restore this important habitat Click here to download the pdf file Klamath Rogue Oak Woodland Health and Habitat Conservation Project Regional Conservation Partnership Program RCPP Lomakatsi in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service US Fish and Wildlife Service and Klamath Bird Observatory is working with private landowners in Southwest Oregon and Northern California to assist them in enhancing wildlife habitat reducing wildfire risk and protecting and promoting oak woodland connectivity Selected eligible participants will receive technical and financial assistance to restore oak habitats on their property Focus Areas Jackson and Klamath Counties OR Siskiyou County CA See the project flyer for more information Central Umpqua Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project Collaborative Conservation Partnership Initiative CCPI Lomakatsi is the lead sponsor of a partnership between the

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  • Prescribed Fire - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    by lightning or intentional burning by indigenous peoples kept these forests in balance and thriving However for the last century fire has largely been removed from these ecological systems causing disruption in the long term balance and resulting in decreased biological diversity This disruption has caused heavy accumulations of forest fuels and allowed species that were once geographically restricted by fire to thrive encroaching into habitats that they were previously dominated by a different composition of flora and associated wildlife This imbalance now threatens fire dependent habitats and associated wildlife Uncharacteristically severe fire has also become a concern to people and communities that are intertwined with these forests Prescribed burning is the controlled application of fire to a landscape to accomplish ecological objectives These fires are managed in such a way as to minimize the emission of smoke and maximize the ecological benefits to the site Anatomy of a prescribed burn Prescribed burn managers try to find a natural firebreak such as a creek 1 from which they set a down wind backfire 3 This creates the backline 2 at which the spot head fires set in successive ignitions 5 6 and 7 will stop Crew members patrol a handline 4 to ensure that the burn is contained Click image to enlarge Courtesy University of Florida Since 1998 Lomakatsi has been coordinating the implementation of prescribed fire across thousands of acres in partnership with federal tribal state and local governments and private landowners We utilize controlled burns as a tool to reduce fuel accumulations and return fire as an essential element of dry forests woodlands and grasslands of our region Often this is accomplished after mechanically thinning a forested or woodland landscape lowering the fuel buildup and reducing the threat of an uncharacteristically severe fire This allows prescribed fire to

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  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    Habitat Restoration Salmon habitat enhancement stream restoration with large wood fish passage improvement and riparian forest replanting have been accomplished on private lands through long standing cooperative agreements with the US Fish Wildlife Service the Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife and local Watershed Councils Locations include Bear Creek and its tributaries and Cottonwood Creek For before and after views of our work installing a larger culvert to improve fish passage

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  • Ecological Monitoring - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    effects are monitored as part of a forest restoration project in the Ashland Watershed Fire Effects Monitoring Lomakatsi is currently developing a Fire Effects Monitoring program to complement our vegetation monitoring and further inform our Prescribed Fire Program A range of fire effects from low to high severity are desirable from a restoration perspective and expanded data collection on pre fire conditions during fire conditions and post fire burn effects will help us refine our adaptive approach to prescribed fire Implementation Monitoring Lomakatsi s implementation monitoring spans the full range of our programmatic work from the stand scale to the project scale to the program scale Project supervisors review monitoring and treatment plans review the mark in the field and then conduct final inspections following cutting piling and burning This level of implementation monitoring occurs internally on both small and large projects and also in collaboration with project partners on larger projects and programs Lomakatsi Forestry Technician Jeff Harrison measures the diameter of a Legacy ponderosa pine to be protected in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project Current Ecological Monitoring Initiatives AFR The Ashland Forest Resiliency Project AFR is a long term restoration initiative with multiple project partners that Lomakatsi has been a part of since 2010 Lomakatsi utilizes implementation monitoring throughout all phases of its work on AFR At the project scale Lomakatsi technicians and supervisors review the mark and subsequent cutting operations with crews while at the program scale Lomakatsi serves on technical review teams to help identify and review program goals and objectives In addition to technical implementation monitoring AFR project partner The Nature Conservancy has conducted extensive ecological monitoring in the Ashland Watershed More about monitoring in the AFR can be found by clicking here The Central Umpqua Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project A Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative CCPI Lomakatsi Forestry Technician Ryan Puckett measuring the circumference of a white oak in Douglas County to be protected in the Central Umpqua Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project CCPI Lomakatsi is the lead sponsor of a partnership between the Natural Resource Conservation Service NRCS US Fish and Wildlife Service and Klamath Bird Observatory to promote conservation practices that help restore declining oak habitats on private lands Ecological monitoring is a key component of this restoration work Pre treatment vegetation monitoring was collected at many of the treatment areas in Jackson Siskiyou and Douglas Counties between 2011 and 2013 Post treatment vegetation monitoring is scheduled to begin in 2014 The desired purpose of this ecological monitoring effort is to measure restoration of habitat To accomplish this Lomakatsi and the Klamath Bird Observatory have teamed up to measure changes to both bird and vegetation communities following the treatments More about the Klamath Bird Observatory can be found by clicking here A field biologist from the Klamath Bird Observatory performs bird counts on one of Lomakatsi s oak restoration projects Bird habitat and populations are being studied by the Klamath Bird Observatory across all three project counties using a treatment

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  • Lomakatsi Ecological Services - Lomakatsi Restoration ProjectLomakatsi Restoration Project
    non profit organization was receiving Since non profit organizations are required to receive the majority of their funding from non profit activities our executive staff and Board decided to form a for profit corporation to handle the increased income and responsibilities that were coming our way The business structure is organized so that the majority of shares in Lomakatsi Ecological Services Inc LES will always be owned by LRP As the for profit arm and contractual entity of Lomakatsi Restoration Project LES is structured as a C Corporation in the state of Oregon It operates as a completely separate business entity from Lomakatsi Restoration Project but is one of the non profit s programs toward achieving our mission This organizational structure is designed so portions of potential profits earned from contracts can then be donated by LES to LRP to support the non profit s generally underfunded programs such as our education and outreach efforts In addition to the profits being used to support LRP s non profit programs restoration workers also share in the profits and receive health and retirement benefits This innovative business structure has given LES the ability to procure multi year large scale restoration forestry and watershed enhancement contracts with federal land management agencies that would have been out of reach for a non profit corporation like Lomakatsi Restoration Project More employment opportunities for the workforce and the associated service and timber subcontract outfits we work with have been created And this in turn has increased our ability to fulfill our mission of restoring ecosystems creating green jobs and building the skills of workers LES also provides services to private land owners who hire us to implement fuel hazard reduction and restoration work Lomakatsi s staff of resource professional s also assists landowners with planning forestry

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