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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


  • 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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  • 03/24/16

    The Okanogan Conservation District will receive sealed bids for the following items:

    • 1999 Ford Explorer
    • 1998 6.5 x 10’ Jackson trailer
    • 250 gallon circular plastic water tank

    Items may be viewed at our office M-F between 8:30 and 4:00 at 1251 S. 2nd Ave, Rm 102, Okanogan.

    Bids must be itemized and sealed in an envelope marked “SURPLUS PROPERTY BID” and received no later than 3:00 PM April 7, 2016.

    Click here for a bid form.

    Highest bidders will be notified by April 11, 2016 and all items must be picked up and paid for by 2:00 PM April 15, 2016.

    All sales are final and items are sold as is. (509) 422-0855 ext. 107

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  • 01/27/16

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