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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

  • 08/26/15
    Rain is expected this weekend, August 28-29. The loss of vegetation and potentially heavily burned soil has greatly increased the risk of flooding and debris flows in and around the burn scars from Okanogan Complex, North Star, and the 2014 Carlton Complex. Take action now to protect your life and property.


    Flooding is possible if it has been raining upstream.

    Know the area, and know the flood risk based on proximity to creeks, waterways, steep slopes, coulees and canyons.
    Burned trees and rocks may wash down and pile up bridges, culverts, and other river obstructions.

    Sediment and ash may wash off the burned area into the streams, changing the color of the water to brown or black. 

    Bridges and culverts may wash out.
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    Be aware of rising water in ditches, streams, creeks, and rivers.
    If your home is in a risky area, such as below a steep slope or at the mouth of a canyon or gully, have an evacuation plan and/or emergency supplies for 72 hours. Contact your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program.

    Do not hike or drive in narrow canyons when flash flooding is possible.

    Listen for bulletins on local radio stations, or use a NOAA weather radio for the most up to date weather reports.
    Move up, not out!
    Move to higher ground away from all waterways.

    Do not drive or walk through flooded areas.

    If you see downed power lines or electrical wires, stay away and contact the local utility company.

    Burned tree roots can cause trees to be very unstable. Even a light wind can cause these trees to fall or lose sections. Be watchful and avoid unstable trees.

    Avoid burned forest areas on windy days.

    Avoid parking near burned trees.

    When driving through burned areas, carry a saw or an ax in case trees fall and block the way out.

    For more detailed information visit our wildfire recovery page at

    Information adapted from

  • 07/17/15


    The Okanogan Conservation District continues to work with nearly 300 landowners to help them with the recovery of the natural resources and agricultural infrastructure on their properies. Here is a link to our progress to date:

    Okanogan CD Carlton Complex Fire Recovery 


     Okanogan CD coordinated numerous partners to assess burned areas on private and state lands.


    We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Washington State Conservation Commission, our fellow conservation districts across the state, and our many partners that worked with us to assist landowners in the burn area:


    Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Mule Deer Foundation

    Yakama Nation Fisheries

    Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation

    Bonneville Power Administration

    Trout Unlimited

    Okanogan County Planning, Public Works, and Emergency Management Departments

    US Forest Service

    US Bureau of Land Management

    Washington Dept. of Ecology

    Colville Tribes Fisheries

    National Weather Service

    Washington Dept. of Natural Resources

    US Bureau of Reclamation

    Okanogan County Dept. of Public Works

    Washington State Conservation Commission

    Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

    The Office of Governor Jay Inslee

    Methow Natives Nursery

    Methow Conservancy

    Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board

    WSU Extension

    Washington Farm Bureau 

    US Army Corps of Engineers



    To all the landowners whose perserverence, patience, and strength of will in the face of so much devastation: we are honored to work with you and we will continue to do our absolute best to help you in the years to come.




    The Staff and Board of the Okanogan Conservation District


  • 05/21/15

    Summer thunderstorm season is upon us here in Okanogan County. Residents living in, adjacent to, or downstream from, burned areas should remain aware that there is an increased risk for flooding and erosion. Flood risk remains elevated for up to five years after a wildfire. 



    Use these links to find weather information for your area:

    NWS Spokane homepage

    NWS Spokane weekly weather briefings posted by Monday afternoon:

    NWS Spokane Facebook

    NWS Spokane Twitter

     Map based hazards viewer (can look at precip amounts under "Mesowest Surface Observations" drop down menu)


    Residents are encouraged to take action NOW to protect themselves and their families.  The following tips can help.

    Pay attention to the weather. Monitor weather forecasts and flood warnings on NOAA Weather Radio or local media.

    If severe weather is forecast, the most appropriate action for your family may be to evacuate.  Make an evacuation kit and have a plan.

    Clean out draws and drainages around your home.  This includes brush and other debris that could keep water from flowing into a culvert or drain. 

    Consider purchasing flood insurance.  Even areas that are not normally prone to flooding can flood after a wildfire.  FEMA lists the average flood claim in 2010 as $28,000.

    Secure outdoor items or store them inside.  This includes barbeques, picnic tables, and outdoor furniture. 



  • 05/07/15

    Dear interested contractor:


    In the links below you will find a contract, plans, and specifications to construct berms, road build-ups, and drivable dips, as well as, placing ecology blocks to protect homes that have been deemed at high risk from flooding and mud and debris flows as a result of the Carlton Complex Fire.


    You are invited to submit a bid for this important work.  Those interested in presenting bids must attend a mandatory conference and site visits on Thursday, May 14th at the Conservation District office at 9:00 am. 

    Bids must be received by 2 pm (Pacific Time) on Thursday, May 21st. 

    Please note that this work must be completed by June 24, 2015.


    Other details are included in the contract and specifications.  If you have questions, please call me at the phone number noted below.


    Bob Clark

    Senior Conservation Planner

    Okanogan Conservation District

    1251 South Second Avenue, Room 102

    (509) 422-0855, ext 104



  • 03/12/15

    So much depends upon the soil! Join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about soil. FREE ADMISSION!


    Symphony of the Soil is a documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists. The film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story.


    Two showings will take place, one in each of the following locations:


    Sunday March 22 @ 1 p.m. 

    Omak Theater (108 N. Main, Omak)



    Tuesday March 31 @ 7 p.m.

    Methow Valley Community Center


  • 02/26/15

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


  • 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