What's New?

 25 Years of OHA!

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

On Friday, March 24th, OHA celebrates 25 years by hosting a fundraising CD release concert, variety show, and dinner at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. The album, Highland Voices, expresses our sense of place, conservation concerns, the value of clean water, and the beauty of our natural world. Join us for an evening of delicious food, original music, and appreciation for the people who have been a part of OHA over the years... Continue

Crown/Kinross submitted a draft Closure Plan in September 2016 that included very rosy predictions on how long it would take for closure of the mine to be completed. Closure is the period of time, after reclamation of the mine surface, that it takes to bring the water in the underground mine area into permit compliance. During operations, the mine area is like a mixing zone in that it is allowed to exceed permit limits. The predominate reason why Crown/Kinross could make such optimistic predictions is that they used less restrictive water quality standards in their computer model than the criteria required by the NPDES permit... Continue    Buckhorn Mine Portal

OHA is collaborating with Trout Unlimited, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and private landowners 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... Continue

Instream construction of beaver dam analogues at Triple Creek

On Friday, March 3, 2017, Andy Stepniewski brings an all-new topic to the Highland Wonders series, with “Ecosystems of the Okanogan.” The beautiful Okanogan lies to the east of the Cascades, in the rain shadow of this range. The region showcases an impressive mosaic of ecosystems because of its varied terrain with great differences in elevation, from alpine summits to valley bottoms... Continue

Buckhorn Mountain from Chesaw road in June

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