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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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  • 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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  • 01/14/16

    Okanogan Conservation District Announces Election Result and Change to February Board Meeting

     

    January 14, 2016                            

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Okanogan Conservation District Board of Supervisors hereby informs the voting public that the incumbent, Steve Colvin of Oroville, 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. 

    The Okanogan Conservation District Board of Supervisors will be conducting a special meeting on February 9, 2016 to discuss their monthly activities.  This meeting is held in lieu of the standard Board of Supervisors meeting that was scheduled for February 2, 2016.  The meeting will be held in Okanogan, at the district office, 1251 South 2nd Avenue, at 6:00 PM.  This meeting is open to the public.

     

    For further information about either of the above items, please contact Kim Simpson at (509) 422-0855 ext. 107.

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  • 01/06/16

    An Emergency Livestock Feed Program has been established to help Okanogan County livestock producers who lost hay and pasture in the recent wildfires. The Okanogan Conservation District is implementing the program with funding provided by the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) and Department of Ecology.

    $500,000 available for emergency livestock feed to help producers impacted by 2015 wildfires.

    For the full press release click here.

    To go directly to the information sheet and application form, go to www.okanogancd.org/fires 

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  • 11/23/15

    In the wake of another season of very large wildfires in Okanogan County, Okanogan Conservation District re-established the Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response (iBAER) Team. In 2014, this interagency risk assessment team was the first of its kind to be tasked with assessing the erosion threat on state and private lands impacted by the Carlton Complex Fire. This year, the team evaluated threats to life and property on state and private lands burned in the Okanogan Complex, Tunk Block, and North Star fires. Longer term restoration and recovery options were also evaluated.

    The team members come from multiple agencies: Okanogan, Cascadia, Spokane, Skagit, Whatcom and Thurston Conservation Districts, National Weather Service (NWS), Washington Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Colville Confederated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Expertise includes soil scientists, hydrologists, archeologists, engineers, foresters, fish biologists, range specialists, and GIS technicians

    In examining the severity of the burn, the team looked at five key factors: amount and condition of vegetation remaining on top of the soil, ash depth, amount and condition of roots remaining in the soil, soil structure, and the ability of the soil to absorb water. By taking into account all of these factors, the team developed a soil burn severity map, which is included in the report. The team also ran hydrological models to estimate potential runoff in different size storm events.

    Because the iBAER report looks at the larger landscape and not individual parcels, private landowners who are concerned about their erosion and flash flooding risk should contact contact the Okanogan Conservation District to request a free site assessment at 509-422-0855 or fireintake@okanogancd.org. Landowners may also visit the office in the USDA Service Center at 1251 South 2nd Ave in Okanogan, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00.

     The iBAER report is available on the Okanogan Conservation District website Fire Recovery page: www.okanogancd.org/fires. Hard copies will be available for review at the Okanogan CD office.

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