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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

Era of Megafires with Paul Hessburg ~ Friday, April 6, 2018

Things seem to be changing in the West – snowpack levels are lower than they used to be, and the snowpack melts earlier in spring. Fire seasons are longer and more severe. Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, now occur more often, causing wide-ranging impact on homes, communities, and wildlands. These changes are expected to continue, and we need to increase the fire resiliency of our wildlands, while also completing defensible space work around homes and communities. ... Continue


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