A Lomakatsi Restoration Project crewmember decided to try to find his own way home from the woods on June 7, got lost, and ended up spending 8 hours walking ten miles back to a friend’s house in town. The Lomakatsi crew was piling brush on the west side of Forest Service Road 2060 southwest of Reeder Reservoir. Sometime before 3 p.m., a 35-year-old member of the group decided to try a new way home, despite the protestations of his nine teammates. The teammates soon began looking for him, and a two-man team from Ashland Fire and Rescue joined the search, as did the Jackson’s County Sherriff’s department and Ashland Police. Authorities were finally notified that he was safe at around 11 p.m. that evening.
In seventeen years, Lomakatsi has never had an incident of this type. The crewman, whose name was withheld at the Restoration Project’s request, is well but “a little embarrassed,” reported the Mail Tribune.
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