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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


  • 05/13/16

    NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

    OKANOGAN CONSERVATION DISTRICT

    OKANOGAN, WASHINGTON

     

    CALL FOR BIDS

     

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the Okanogan Conservation District (hereinafter the District), 1251 South 2nd Ave, Room 102, Okanogan, Washington until 2:00 P.M. (Pacific Daylight Time), Friday, June 3, 2016, for the following:

     

    Phase 1, Okanogan Complex Fires Emergency Watershed Protection

     

    Bid proposals submitted by mail shall be addressed to:

     

    Okanogan Conservation District

           1251 South 2nd Ave, Room 102

           Okanogan, Washington 98840

     

    Bid proposals can also be submitted in person at the above address or via email at bob@okanogancd.org

     

    The Okanogan Conservation District Board of Supervisors did declare a state of emergency exists due to the impacts of the Carlton Complex Fire and the Okanogan Complex Fires.  This threat extends to the imminent threat of flash floods, mud slides, and other such hydrologic emergencies that could cause severe damage and destruction to lives and property.  This declaration was made through Okanogan Conservation District resolution 2014-04 and again in Okanogan Conservation District resolution 2015-02 which are on file at the District office.  Solicitations for the work described in this request for bids are made under and by these declarations.

     

    All bid proposals submitted by a contractor (“Bidder”) shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal.  Should successful bidder fail to enter into a contract within the time stated, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the District.

     

    Each bidder will be provided a copy of the Contract Documents for bidding purposes upon request. Please email Bob Clark at bob@okanogancd.org to receive a copy. 

    The award of contract, if awarded, will be made to the lowest responsible bidder deemed responsive by the District, whose bid conforms to the requirements of the Contract Documents, and whose past record of performance on work of similar complexity and magnitude indicates that said bidder is qualified to carry out the obligations of the contract and to complete the work contemplated therein.  Specifically, the amount of the bid, as well as the responsiveness and responsibility criteria will be reviewed.  There are both required criteria and supplemental criteria established by the District.  Compliance with both required and supplemental responsibility criteria may be requested in writing by the District and is due within 2 days of the bid date and time.  In addition, as a condition of the award, the bidder must agree to verify that all subcontractors are also in compliance with the “responsibility” criteria as specified in RCW 36.06.

     

    As a condition of submitting a bid for the project, bidders and sub bidders, as applicable, agree to comply fully with requirements for nondiscrimination and employment of minorities per the laws of the State of Washington and other applicable State and Federal laws, as well as abide by TERO rules as they may apply for the portion of work to be done within the boundaries of the Colville Indian Reservation.

     

    The work description for which bids will be received is found in the attached Bids, Schedule, Drawing, and Specs document.  The Engineer’s cost estimate for the project is $70,000 to $115,000.

     

    This project is considered protection of life and property project.  Portions of this project are funded by groups or agencies whose focus is conservation of natural resources and efforts of the Contractor on this project shall be mindful of these interests.  Quality and timely completion of the finished project is of high value to the District and the funding groups and agencies, and the property owners.  Time is of the essence to this agreement.  The Contractor is expected to make every effort possible to meet the requirements of the permits previously obtained, or work with the District on necessary modifications.  Failure to do so can be grounds for termination of this contract.

     

    DATED this 13th Day of May, 2016 at Okanogan, Washington.

     

     (Original signature in file)

     

    _______________________________

    District Manager, Okanogan Conservation District, Contracting Officer

     

    Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference: 

    A mandatory pre bid conference and site visits are scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the OKANOGAN CONSERVATION DISTRICT office (1251 South 2nd Ave, Room 102, Okanogan, WA 98840).  If one or fewer firms are present for this pre-bid conference, the District reserves the right to close this solicitation and re-advertise the request for bids.  This decision will be made only to ensure fair and equitable use of public funds and the desire to have a competitive bid process.

     

     

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  • 05/06/16

     

    Financial Assistant

     

    USDA Ag Service Center, Okanogan, Washington

     

    The Okanogan Conservation District is seeking a detail oriented, customer friendly individual to fill

    a Financial Assistant position.  The incumbent selected will be focused on assisting District staff with

    the financial management of wildfire recovery projects throughout Okanogan County following two

    years of major fire disasters.  The Okanogan Conservation District is a dynamic organization

    comprised of volunteer board members and paid staff members that are leaders in “on the ground

    conservation”.  We seek individuals that will complement our highly productive, energetic, and

    skilled staff to deliver quality conservation programs to Okanogan County residents.

     

    We are seeking to fill this position to help address our significant workload.  The incumbents in this

    position will work closely with other District and partner agency staff, and local landowners, to

    manage payments to landowners and contractors for the implementation of conservation projects. 

     

    Incumbents with a college bachelor’s degree or higher in public finance, accounting, economics, or

    related filed is highly preferred.  Experience may be substituted year for year for education. 

     

    The incumbent will be a full-time hourly employee earning $15.00 - $20.00 per hour DOQ.  They will

    also be eligible for District benefits package which includes medical insurance, 10 paid holidays per

    year, vacation leave, and sick leave.

     

    This position is open until filled.  First review of applicants for interviews is 3:00 PM, May 23, 2016. 

    Contact the Okanogan Conservation District office for detailed position descriptions.

     

    Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (at least two of which are

    professional) directly to:

    Okanogan Conservation District

    1251 2nd Ave. South, Room 102

    Okanogan, WA 98840

    ocd@okanogancd.org

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  • 04/29/16

     

    The Okanogan Conservation District is seeking three highly motivated individuals

    to fill three project duration Natural Resource Technician positions.  The incumbents

    selected will be focused on assisting with wildfire recovery projects throughout

    Okanogan County following two years of major fire disasters.  The Okanogan

    Conservation District is a dynamic organization comprised of volunteer board

    members and paid staff members that are leaders in “on the ground conservation”. 

    We seek individuals that will complement our highly productive, energetic, and

    skilled staff to deliver quality conservation programs to Okanogan County residents.

     

    We are seeking to fill three new positions to help address our significant workload. 

    The incumbents in this position will work closely with other District and partner

    agency staff to assist local landowners, conservation partners, and others to develop

    and implement voluntary conservation plans and practices specific to each

    landowner’s needs. 

     

    Incumbents with a college bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences, soils, water

    quality, biology, general natural sciences, environmental sciences, wildlife

    management, natural resource management, engineering, or closely related fields

    are encouraged to apply. 

     

    The incumbent will be an hourly employee earning $15.00 - $20.00 per hour DOQ. 

    They will also be eligible for District benefits package which includes medical

    insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, vacation leave, and sick leave.

     

    This position is open until filled.  First review of applicants for interviews is 3:00 PM,

    May 12, 2016.  Contact the Okanogan Conservation District office for detailed

    position descriptions.

     

    Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (at least two of

    which are professional) directly to:

    Okanogan Conservation District

    1251 2nd Ave. South, Room 102

    Okanogan, WA 98840

    ocd@okanogancd.org

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  • 04/15/16

    The Okanogan Conservation District Board of Supervisors are accepting comments on our proposed 2017 Fiscal Year Annual Plan of Work.  This plan is designed to identify the known and anticipated work we will implement over the 12 months beginning on July 1, 2016.  If you have comments or suggestions please send them directly to Craig Nelson, District Manager at craig@okanogancd.org by May 2, 2016.

     

    To read the document, click here.

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  • 04/06/16

    “Ecologically Aware Firewise: Backyards and Beyond”

    with Ken Bevis and Kirsten Cook

    A Methow Conservancy First Tuesday Presentation

    April 12th, 7:00-8:30pm in the Methow Valley Community Center gym (on the second Tuesday!).  

    Join us for a very close-to-home program on how you can prepare your Methow property for fire season while being ecologically smart and sensitive.  Ken Bevis with DNR’s Small Forest Landowner Stewardship program and Kirsten Cook, a Firewise expert with the Okanogan Conservation District, will co-lead an important and practical presentation on how to consider wildlife habitat elements such as snags, logs, shrubs, brush, openings, thinning, and more as you create defensible space and become more firewise.  Ken will also share his personal story of defensible space he calls "Our House almost burned down.” The program is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact us at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

     


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  • 04/01/16

    FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE LANDOWNERS THROUGH NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE!

    See the full press release here.

    Applications will be accepted in Chelan, Kittitas and Okanogan counties as a part of this special initiative. Those forest landowners selected for funding will receive financial assistance from NRCS to treat a suite of practices in order to reduce fuels and the threat of catastrophic wildfire on their properties, as well as post-fire restoration activities.

    Examples of fuel reduction practices include, but are not limited to:

    Forest Stand Improvement – selective thinning of small and medium-sized trees to meet desired stocking levels for wildfire hazard reduction and tree health.

    Tree/Shrub Pruning – removal of living and dead branches to a height of 10-16 feet.

    Woody Residue Treatment – treating forest slash to reduce fuels and risk of harmful insects and diseases by means of lop & scatter, piling, chipping or removal of woody debris.

    Examples of post-fire restoration activities include:

    Reforestation – Planting of fire resistant conifer species (mostly Ponderosa Pine) with associated Site Preparation (Hand Spot Treatment – scalp or chemical) on uplands; and/or planting hardwood species in riparian areas.

    Woody Residue Treatment - treating forest slash to reduce fuels and risk of harmful insects and diseases by means of lop & scatter, piling, chipping or removal of woody debris. Also includes treatment of standing trees killed by wildfire (cut down & treat).

      Critical Area Planting – Establishing permanent vegetation (native or introduced grass species) on sites that have, or are expected to have, high erosion rates.

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  • 03/29/16

    Plants for Fire Survivors

    The Washington Community Tree Recovery Campaign – a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, the Okanogan Conservation District and the Methow Conservancy– will distribute 8,300 new trees this year to residents in Okanogan County who were affected by record-breaking wildfires in 2014 & 2015. These new trees will be free of charge, and help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by back-to-back “megafire” seasons.

    Okanogan Conservation District is hosting the April 2nd distribution event at Rawson's Store outdoor lot (corner of 2nd and Rose in Okanogan). Doors open to the general public from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fire survivors with invitations may enter one hour earlier at 10 a.m. 

    Limit 20 plants per person, either Ponderosa Pine or Chokecherry. 

    For more details and the dates of additional distribution events, click here.

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