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Okanogan Conservation District: Cooperative Conservation Since 1940

Our mission is to help cooperators achieve their conservation goals. We provide voluntary, non-regulatory services to landowners and lessees in Okanogan County to address natural resource concerns.
All District services are provided free of charge without discrimination. The Okanogan Conservation District is a local governmental entity formed as a sub-division of Washington State under RCW 89.08. 

Click above for resources to help with post-fire impacts such as flash flooding.

News & Events

  • 03/12/15

    So much depends upon the soil! Join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about soil. FREE ADMISSION!


    Symphony of the Soil is a documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists. The film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story.


    Two showings will take place, one in each of the following locations:


    Sunday March 22 @ 1 p.m. 

    Omak Theater (108 N. Main, Omak)



    Tuesday March 31 @ 7 p.m.

    Methow Valley Community Center


  • 02/26/15

    We have two positions open currently. Please follow the link below for more info:


  • 02/19/15

    Okanogan Conservation District Secures Initial Funding for Carlton Complex Landowner Assistance

    Staff at the Okanogan Conservation District have been working closely with landowners since August of 2014 to determine the extent of losses to natural resources and agricultural infrastructure on private property in the Carlton Complex fire zone. The Washington State Conservation Commission provided funding  to cover staff time to conduct site visits and talk one-on-one with landowners about the post-fire risks and options for recovery of the landscape. Between August 2014 and February 2015, the District has worked with over 200 private landowners.


    Information provided by landowners to the Okanogan Conservation District provided the basis for the Conservation Commission’s $1.2 million dollar request to the Legislature to provide on-the-ground restoration assistance to Carlton Complex landowners. The Legislature approved and the Governor signed the 2015 Supplemental Budget on Thursday February 19, 2015.


    Supplemental Budget dollars will fund the following actions for landowners directly affected by the Carlton Complex:

    • Structure protection, to prevent losses due to flash flooding.
    • Critical area seeding, for places most at risk of severe erosion and/or destruction of crucial infrastructure such as roads or culverts.
    • Deer and livestock fencing replacement.
    • Weed management, to be coordinated by the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board.






    Additional funding is being requested for the next biennium; this supplemental budget funding is to be expended by June 30, 2015. Landowners who have not yet contacted the Okanogan Conservation District for assistance should do so as soon as possible at 509-422-0855 ext 5 or by emailing


  • 01/05/15

    We've gotten a couple of calls regarding the photos in our 2015 Conservation District calendar. Since we don't have locations on all the photos, we didn't include locations for any of them in the print edition, but here is the list of the ones we know:

    February: near Salmon Creek in Okanogan

    March: above Omak Lake (west side)

    May: French Creek area

    June: Above Okanogan

    July: Malott Butte

    August: Salmon Creek in Okanogan

    October, November, and cover: Okanogan River


  • 12/29/14

    Financial assistance is available for farmers and ranchers to repair damage from last summer’s wildfires. The Farm Service Agency recently authorized funding for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) according to Stu Skidmore, Farm Service Agency Acting County Executive Director in Okanogan. The agency is currently accepting program applications and affected agriculture producers are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.

    Press release with more info.


  • 11/10/14

    Attention all contractors planning to submit bids for Emergency Watershed Protection projects within the Carlton Complex burn area:


    Bids are due Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 12 noon  via e-mail to or dropped off at the Conservation District office at 1251 South Second Avenue, Room 102, Okanogan, WA. 

    Documents may not be faxed.

    You will need the following documents.

    Addendum 11.19.14

    Addendum 1

    Final Bid Package   3MB

    EWP Contract

    Contact Bob Clark at 509-422-0855 ext. 122 with questions


  • 09/09/14

    Two great options for learning more about the post-fire landscape:


    Saturday, September 13:

    Pacific Biodiversity Institute Field Trip to Explore Wildlife Response and Ecosystem Recovery after the Carlton Complex Fires. RSVP required. Details.

    Saturday, September 20:

    Okanogan Conservation District Fire Recovery workshop at the Twisp Grange from 9 am-12 pm.

    This workshop will provide information to landowners and residents to help them assess the impacts of the fire on plants and soil, make them aware of post-fire risks to life and property, and provide resources to make educated decisions about how to address the fire impacts. An optional field trip to a burned area will take place from 12-1; those interested in the field trip portion should wear close-toed shoes.

    This workshop is focused on restoration of the natural resources and agriculture that have been affected by the Carlton Complex.  Please pre-register by email at or call 509-422-0855 x 5. Light refreshments will be provided.