A controlled burn is planned, weather conditions permitting, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to the east of Emigrant Lake near Ashland, the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project has announced. A 20-acre, low-intensity burn is set to take place in oak woodland, grassland and meadow habitat. Smoke will be visible from Ashland to the Green Springs area, from I-5 and along Highway 66.
Lomakatsi is working with partners to conduct landscape-scale pollinator habitat restoration on more than 300 acres spanning six different sites in Southern Oregon and Northern California. One of the project sites is the Sampson Creek Preserve near Ashland. Work on this site involves conducting a controlled grassland burn and re-seeding and planting the area with native bunchgrasses and forbes favored by pollinators like the monarch butterfly.
Lomakatsi has been working with a team from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Grayback Forestry, and the Selberg Institute to develop and implement a burn plan that will meet the ecological restoration objectives at the Sampson Creek Preserve. On the team are the Lomakatsi Restoration Project, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, city of Ashland and the U.S. Forest Service (Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest).