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OHA Seeks Conservation Associate

The Conservation Associate will work as part of a team to implement OHA’s programs. OHA seeks a dependable individual who has an affinity for the rural environment.

This position will be open until filled and offers the potential to be long-term and full-time employment. This position has the potential to become more specialized over time, depending on the applicant’s background and OHA’s needs... Continue

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Buckhorn Mine: The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has the responsibility to uphold the mine's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. OHA has suggested corrective actions that would increase the understanding of the contaminant flows at the mine site and lead to long-term solutions to the water quality problems on Buckhorn Mountain.

On November 30, 2017, Ecology issued Notice of Violation (NOV) #15562 for water quality related violations during the third quarter of 2017. The water quality violations have continued unabated since Ecology issued the NOV. If Ecology would address the numerous procedural violations, it could help quell the numeric violations. History has shown that when Ecology provides remedial guidance and/or consequences, progress will be made in addressing these problems. Numerous actions could and should be taken to address the violations... Continue
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Stream and Wetland Restoration: A new short video tells the Triple Creek restoration story in a nutshell, from the perspective of the restoration team -- OHA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited, and the land stewards. You will also see a bird's eye view of the project!
Watch the new video here!

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Friday, March 1, 2019 ~
A Deeper Vision: Wes Wehr and the Okanogan Highlands
with Jack Nisbet 

Wesley Wehr was a child of western Washington who from an early age showed diverse talents and developed a real passion for fossils and gemstones. Wehr combined his artistic feel for geologic time with knowledge of living and fossil plants to become one of the premier amateur paleobotanists in the world. Beginning in the late 1970s, he turned his attention to the Okanogan Highlands. Join us as we explore how Wes Wehr experienced and helped to reveal hidden dimensions of our unique region... Continue

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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