The 2015 Okanogan Complex wildfire destroyed the trees and shrubs along portions of Omak Creek. The landowners contacted Okanogan CD for help with post-fire recovery of the stretch of the creek that they steward.
Omak Creek Riparian Planting
The project involved planting a 75’ riparian buffer along approximately 481 feet of the creek. Willow stakes went in closest to the creek to help stabilize the creek bank and provide shade to help lower the water temperature. Further out, potted birches, cottonwoods, elderberry and serviceberry were planted.
Omak Creek Riparian Restoration
Students from Okanogan High School's Ecology of the Okanogan class volunteered to install the native plants.
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Doubletree Farms is Okanogan County's only cow dairy. Every dairy in Washington needs a nutrient management plan to protect water quality. Okanogan CD worked with the farmer to meet those requirements.
Runoff from the barn roof had the potential to spread nutrients from manure where they weren't wanted. A gutter system was designed to divert water away from the barnyard.
The gutter system was eligible for cost share funding at 75% of the project cost. The barnyard stays dry and nearby water quality is protected. Win-win!
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Grouse can be injured or killed in collisions with fences. Fence markers are effective at reducing these accidents.
Local youth groups have been a huge help to make and install these fence markers, including local scouts and FFA groups.
Markers are placed on the top wire about 3 feet apart to increase the visibility for grouse and other wildlife