TONASKET – The Okanogan Conservation District has been working with local ranchers Derek and Austin Olma and the Confederated Colville Tribes to restore 2.5 miles of Antoine Valley Creek. The project aims to improve the water quality of the creek and the health and productivity of rangeland ecosystems.
One of the key components of the project has been the completion of three miles of wildlife-friendly exclusion fencing this spring, which was followed by the planting of riparian plants and native grasses, that had been under strain due to heavy use and drought.
Okanogan CD was grateful for the assistance of Oroville High School volunteers who were a part of the supervised Agricultural Experience group of students from the Oroville Greenhouse. The planting project included 125 Redosier Dogwood, 125 Wax Currants, 125 Roses, and 125 Snow Berry plants.