Lomakatsi REstoration Institute

Climate Change Challenge: bigger and hotter fires

Grant Award: $218,347; Year Awarded: 2014

Lomakatsi Restoration Project will implement mitigation practices on approximately 400 acres of oak habitats threatened by increasing summer drought and a high likelihood of uncharacteristically severe fire. Existing oak ecosystems across the Pacific Northwest are found in less than 5 to 50% of their historic distribution. Because of this many plant and animal species associated with this habitat are at risk. Protecting existing oak woodlands and restoring threatened areas is critical to reversing the declines of those species. Treatments will include vegetation density reduction through selective ecologically-based thinning and prescribed fire application, invasive species removal and herbaceous understory restoration.