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 25 Years of OHA!

Highland Voices - graphic design by Deborah Vester
Highland Voices - Musicians perform

In spring 0217, OHA celebrated 25 years of action with a fundraising CD release concert and dinner at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. Highland Voices is a compilation album of eco-conscious musicians that expresses our sense of place, concern for conservation and clean water, and the beauty of our natural world. The album is now available for sale as a digital download or a CD... Continue





Buckhorn Mine: With the gold ore at the Buckhorn Mine exhausted, the Crown/Kinross mining company has expedited reclamation in order to complete the groundwork before the snow flies. This is a financial decision that will save the company money as the current employees and contractors work themselves out of a job. Surface reclamation involves plugging the mine adits and re-contouring the ground surface to resemble pre-mining conditions. As of this writing, the treatment facility has been decommissioned and the administration buildings are expected to be gone shortly. The shop will be retrofitted to accommodate those functions, but in the meantime, they have had no facility operating to treat the water... Continue    Buckhorn Mine Portal




Stream and Wetland Restoration: OHA and our collaborative team is working to improve ecological function and complexity within the Triple Creek reach. This project will benefit water quality and increase habitat for fish and wildlife by reducing severe stream channel incision that disconnects the creek from its floodplain. We're currently weaving the latest round of beaver dam analogues, and this time the beavers are really helping out! Continue
 
 

Beaver weaving BDA








Journeying Undammed Waters: The Free-Flowing Columbia Unveiled 
with William Layman ~ Friday, March 2, 2018

This presentation cultivates a deeper understanding of the Columbia River. Based on historical narratives from a host of explorers and adventurers, Layman will shed light on our connection with this once very wild river. Rare historical photographs will take us underneath the reservoirs to see the river as it was before the dams, when generations of indigenous people left their legacy and then voyagers braved the rapids, twists, and turns of the free-flowing Columbia... Continue
 

Historic image: Kettle Falls with salmon










OHA continues to press on, working to:
  • Minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn gold mine operations and exploration
  • Continuously improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands
  • Increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issues