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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


  • 11/01/16

    Could you use some support for projects on your farm, ranch or forest land? Many opportunities are coming up through Farm Bill programs!

    Come to the NRCS informational session on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 pmat the Okanogan County Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

    The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Okanogan Conservation District will be hosting an informational session to inform land managers about NRCS Farm Bill programs, and how to direct future funding in our region. NRCS has opportunities next year for projects that improve on-farm water and energy efficiencies, agricultural productivity, forest health, wildlife, and more.

    Eligible activities include seasonal high tunnels, organic and transitioning organic projects, livestock watering and fencing, and upgrades to increase irrigation efficiency.

    During the session, NRCS and Conservation District staff will share:

    • Upcoming funding directions and eligible farm/ranch/forest projects
    • How to enroll in NRCS programs
    • How to participate in the Local Work Group process, which directs regional funding
    • Question & answer with local staff

    More information is available here 

    Contact Amy at the Okanogan Conservation District (509-422-0855 ext 108) or the Okanogan NRCS office (422-2750) for more information.

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  • 10/25/16

    Don't Burn It, Drop It Off! For Free!

     

    WHAT: A FREE community yard-waste drop-off event offered as an alternative to outdoor burning. 

     

    WHERE: The Twisp transfer station, off Twisp Airport Rd. 

     

    WHEN: 

    Saturday, 10/29,  9-4

    Tuesday, 11/1, 10-12

     

     

    DETAILS: 

    Why is this event being held?

    The Methow Valley Clean Air Project is working to improve the quality of winter air (Oct.-Mar) related to the use of wood stoves and outdoor burning. In the Methow Valley each year, smoke from these sources results in a predictable decline in air quality made worse by winter temperatures and inversions. Poor air quality effects all of us, but children, the elderly, and those with breathing problems can be most harmed. 

     

    What can I drop-off?

    We are providing this service as an alternative to burning yard waste. A drop-box will be at the Twisp transfer station and available during business hours for participants to SELF-UNLOAD leaves (OK if bagged), grass, bark, weeds, brush, branches, or small trees no larger than 6 inches in diameter. 

     

    Will someone help me unload?

    Possibly. We are seeking volunteers to have on-site. Saturdays are the most likely times someone can assist. Otherwise, you may either need to walk your loads into a dumpster, or potentially lift them over a 7’ tall side.

     

    Will you do this again?

    We are running this pilot drive this fall to determine community participation and desire for this to become an annual event, such as the metal drive.  We hope to avert the burning of up to 6 tons of vegetative material, and avoid more than 600 hours of smoke pollution in this first event.

     

    Who helped make this happen?  

    The Methow Valley Clean Air Project was funding for this event by the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Air Quality and Waste-to-Resources programs. Additional support came from the Methow Valley Citizen’s Council, WasteWise, and the Methow Vally Long Term Recovery Organization. 

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  • 10/14/16

    2016 Natural Resources Survey

    The Okanogan Conservation District works collaboratively with land managers to care for the natural resources of Okanogan County. Every 5 years, Okanogan CD develops a strategic plan to best meet the natural resource needs of our county and its residents. Your input in this process is important and helpful to us.

    All survey respondants are eligible to enter a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to one of the following local businesses: Rawson's, The Breadline Cafe, or Methow Cycle and Sport. Go to www.okanogancd.org/survey2016 to share your two cents!

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  • 09/16/16

    Firewise workshop September 24 Winthrop

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  • 08/16/16

     To register follow this link.

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  • 07/06/16

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  • 07/01/16

    For every $1 collected through its Assessment, the Okanogan Conservation District leverages just over $7 in private, local, state and federal grant funds, and landowner cost share. These are dollars that are spent right here, in Okanogan County. 

    Okanogan CD is seeking to renew the local funding currently collected through an assessment. You can learn more at www.okanogancd.org/local-funding. You are also invited to attend the public hearing and meeting scheduled for July 19.

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