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  • 02/26/15

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

    http://www.okanogancd.org/staff/employment

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  • 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 ocd@okanogancd.org.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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 bobc@okanogancd.org 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

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  • 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 kirstenc@okanogancd.org or call 509-422-0855 x 5. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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  • 08/12/14

    Okanogan Conservation District has extended the bidding on the surplus sale to 3:00 PM on August 31, 2014

     

    The Okanogan Conservation District will receive bids on a variety of surplus items including:  a laptop, desk computers, camera, office chairs, desk, scanner, filing cabinets and tires.  For a full list of items, check the bid form and/or stop by our office (1251 S 2nd Ave, Okanogan) to view the items. 

    Bid form

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  • 08/06/14

    Okanogan Conservation District has three opportunities for landowners to learn about wildfire preparedness and post-fire recovery:

     

    Resource Fair for Natural Resource & Ag Recovery 

    Wednesday, August 13th  6pm-8pm @ Methow Valley CC Gym in Twisp

    Over a dozen natural resource agencies and organizations will be available to talk with you about questions and concerns regarding post-fire recovery of the landscape.  After brief opening remarks, you can visit with representatives and pick up information relevant to your situation. Groups will include Okanogan Conservation District; Washington State Departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Agriculture; United States Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service; National Weather Service; Methow Conservancy and others.

     

    Natural Resources Recovery Workshop

    Saturday, August 16th,  9am-12pm @ Pateros City Council Chambers

    The workshop will provide information to help you assess the impacts of the fire on plants and soil, make you aware of post-fire risks to life and property, and provide resources to make educated decisions about how to address the fire impacts. A portion of the workshop will take place outside, in a burned area: please wear close-toed shoes. This workshop is focused on restoration of the natural resources and agriculture. Due to limited seating, the workshop is capped at 40 people. Please email kirstenc@okanogancd.org or call 509-422-0855 x 5 to pre-register. 


    Firewise Preparedness Workshop 

    Saturday, August 16th,  3-5pm @ the Heli-ski Barn at Wilson Ranch 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama

     

    Learn to prepare your home and property for wildfire, and what to do when a wildfire is in the area. Due to limited seating, the workshop is capped at 40 people. Please email kirstenc@okanogancd.org or call 509-422-0855 x 5 to pre-register. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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  • 07/29/14

    SURPLUS SALE

    The Okanogan Conservation District will receive bids on a variety of surplus items including:  a laptop, desk computers, camera, office chairs, desk, scanner, filing cabinets and tires. 

     

    Details.

     

    Click here for a bid form

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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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