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  • 07/08/14

    Wildfire Season Is Here…Be Ready: Attend a Firewise Workshop July 12 in Omak.

    Okanogan Conservation District is holding a Firewise workshop in Omak on Saturday July 12 from 10 am-12 pm. The workshop will be at the Big R conference room, 1227 Koala Dr, Omak, WA.  The workshop is provided in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources and Okanogan County. Local fire managers will discuss ways to prepare one's home and property for wildfire, and how to react when a wildfire is in the area. Light refreshments will be provided. 

    Here’s what people are saying about our Firewise workshops: “I'd like to tell you how much our group enjoyed the workshop.  I go to as many of these workshops as I can and it seems I learn something new each time.  [The presenters] did a terrific job and we really appreciate your time and the effort you put into these workshops.”  

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  • 06/25/14

    Request for Proposals (RFP)

    For: Okanogan County Aquatic Weed Survey

    Issued: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Question submittal deadline: 5:00 pm, Monday, July 14, 2014

    Proposal submission Deadline: 12:00 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Notification of Award: 5:00 pm, Monday, July 21, 2014

     

    Introduction

    Okanogan Conservation District (OCD) invites proposals for a comprehensive assessment of the current level of aquatic and riparian weed infestation on three rivers and thirteen or more lakes within Okanogan County. 

    For the full RFP, click here.

     

    Questions may be submitted, in written form, to:

    Terri Williams, Conservation Planner

    1251 S. 2nd Ave., Rm. 102

    Okanogan, WA 98840

    (509) 422-0855 x. 105

    Or emailed to: terriw@okanogancd.org

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  • 05/12/14

    Wildfire Season Is Here…Be Ready: Attend a Firewise Workshop May 17 in Twisp.

     

    Okanogan Conservation District is holding a Firewise workshop in Twisp on Saturday May 17 from 10 am-12 pm. The workshop will be at the TwispWorks conference room, 502 S. Glover Street, Twisp, WA

    The workshop is provided in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources, Okanogan County, and Okanogan Fire District 6. Local fire managers will discuss ways to prepare one's home and property for wildfire, and how to react when a wildfire is in the area. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Here’s what people are saying about our Firewise workshops: “I'd like to tell you how much our group enjoyed the workshop in Twisp yesterday.  I go to as many of these workshops as I can and it seems I learn something new each time.  [The presenters] did a terrific job and we really appreciate your time and the effort you put into these workshops.” 

     

    The national Firewise Communities program is an interagency program designed to encourage local solutions for wildfire safety. The program offers simple ways community members can work together to prevent their properties from becoming fuel for a wildfire.  Residents can reduce the risk of their home's ignition by simply modifying their homes and immediate surroundings. With adequate planning and cooperation among homeowners, public agencies, and community leaders, wildfires can occur without disastrous loss of life, property, and resources. In Okanogan County, the Firewise program is coordinated by the Okanogan Conservation District in cooperation with Washington Department of Natural Resources. 

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  • 04/22/14

    Come to the Chiliwist to watch, learn, and maybe even go home with an amazing yard sale find!

     

    Okanogan County's first nationally recognized Firewise Community is hosting an amazing array of events for National Wildfire Preparedness Day on May 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm. The Chiliwist Yard Sale starts at 9, with proceeds to support Okanogan Fire District 3 (Malott). Firewise programs from multiple agencies start at 10. 

     

    All are welcome- hope to see you there!

     

    Schedule and directions: click here.

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  • 01/21/14

    The Okanogan Conservation District Board of Supervisors hereby informs the voting public that the incumbent has been re-elected to the currently open seat by reason of being the only person filing for the position by the filing deadline.  Therefore, no poll site, absentee balloting or mail balloting will be performed pursuant to WAC 135-110-370.  For further information, please contact the District at (509) 422-0855 ext. 5.

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  • 07/01/13

    The Okanogan Conservation District Board of Supervisors will be conducting a special meeting on July 2, 2013 to discuss their monthly activities.  This meeting is held in lieu of the standard Board of Supervisors meeting that was scheduled for July 11, 2013.  The meeting will be held in Okanogan, at the USDA Service Center, 1251 South 2nd Avenue, at 6:00 PM.  This meeting is open to the public.

    For further information, please contact Kim Simpson at (509) 422-0855 ext 101.

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  • 06/25/13

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is looking for candidates for an upcoming grower-elected county committee election. FSA offices throughout the state will accept nominations through August 1, 2013. "This is a unique opportunity - to have direct influence on the delivery of federal farm programs," said Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Judy Olson. "FSA county committees make decisions which impact program payments. They are responsible for hiring FSA managers at the county level and are the place that producers can appeal most agency determinations."

    FSA encourages all interested agricultural producers, including women and minority growers, to seek nomination. Eligible candidates must participate or cooperate in any Farm Service Agency program and be of legal voting age. Olson explained that even if farmers and ranchers are not currently participating in FSA programs, they are considered eligible to vote under the cooperation criteria if they have farm records on file with the agency. Each county committee draws its members from local administrative areas.

    Nominated by local farmers and ranchers, candidates must live in the county's local administrative area they will represent and must be eligible to vote in the county election. Members serve on staggered three-year terms so that one-third of the seats are up for re-election each year.

    Persons interested in nominating a candidate can contact their local FSA office or check the Farm Service Agency website www.fsa.usda.gov/wa to find out which local administrative areas are up for election. Elected county committee members receive an hourly wage for their attendance and representation at county committee meetings. Olson explained that the agency's elections will take place in the fall and newly elected committee members begin their terms January 1, 2014. FSA will send ballots to all eligible voters. Additional information and nomination forms may be requested from any Farm Service Agency office. Nomination forms may also be obtained online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/wa.

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  • 03/27/13

    The board and staff of the Okanogan Conservation District recently revised our 5-year strategic plan and our annual plan of work in order to guide our actions over the next several years. 

    If you would like to read and comment on the draft plans, please follow the links below. Public comment will close at 5:00 PM on April 26 so we may compile the comments and present them to our Board of Supervisors at their May meeting. 

    Comments may be sent by postal mail or email to:

    Craig T. NelsonDistrict Manager

    Okanogan Conservation District

    1251 2nd Ave. South, Room 102

    Okanogan, WA 98840

    craign (at) okanogancd.org

     

    Five Year Plan

    Annual Plan of Work: July 2013-June 2014

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  • 03/20/13

    MultiHazard Mitigation Plan & Community Wildfire Protection Plan Public Meeting

    Okanogan County Commissioners’ Hearing Room

    123 5th Avenue, Okanogan

    March 27th at 6:00 pm

     

    Public input is being sought in order to better frame the region’s efforts for hazard reduction projects, wildland fire protection, resource enhancements, and emergency preparedness. The meeting will last approximately 1 hour.

     

    The Okanogan Conservation District will be on hand with information about the Firewise program, including how to sign up for a free wildfire risk assessment.

     

    Click here for a program flyer.

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  • 01/23/13

    The agreement to renew and update joint operations of Osoyoos Lake was finalized this week. The lake’s outflows are controlled by the Washington Department of Ecology, which owns and operates Zosel Dam near Oroville, WA. Ecology’s dam controls lake levels and trans-border flows downstream from the outlet of Osoyoos Lake on the Okanogan River, which flows south and into the Columbia River.

    New joint operations reflect seven years of study and public input and recommendations by the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, established in 1946 to ensure compliance and supervise cross-border operations of lake levels during both wet and dry years.

    More information about the agreement can be found online at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/dams/zosel.html

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