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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. 

News & Events

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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


  • 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)


    Five Year Plan

    Annual Plan of Work: July 2013-June 2014


  • 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.


  • 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:


  • 01/16/13

    Coming Soon!

    Golden Opportunities

    WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference

    January 22-23, 2013

    Three Rivers Convention Center

    Kennewick, WA


    click here for the program flyer