Gathering Our Voice

2009 Okanogan Voice

Okanogan Conservation DistrictGathering Our Voice gathers stories that maintain and strengthen our community, economy and environment – stories of diverse people adapting, learning, and cooperating. And stories from old-timers and newcomers alike that show how the acts of appreciating, enhancing, and hoping shape our future.

The Okanogan County Historical Society is working with the Okanogan Conservation District and the Okanogan Valley Land Council to gather interviews that can be used to tell the story of the Okanogan Conservation District celebrating it’s 70-year anniversary this year.

Timeline 1939-RCW 89.08 creating the Conservation Commission signed into law
1940-Loomis Conservation District form
1945-Methow Conservation District form
1948-North East Okanogan Conservation District & South East Okanogan Conservation District form
1949-South Central Okanogan Conservation District form
1963-Loomis and NE Okanogan Conservation Districts combine to form North Okanogan Conservation District
1971-Methow Valley and South Central Okanogan Conservation Districts combine to form South Okanogan Conservation District
1976-North Okanogan, South Okanogan, and South East Okanogan Conservation Districts combine to create Okanogan County Conservation District
1989-Okanogan County Conservation District officially changed to Okanogan Conservation District
2003-Town of Twisp and City of Okanogan annex fully into Okanogan Conservation District boundaries
2006-Town of Twisp de-annexes from District boundary
Listen to segments of interviews with people from the Okanogan involved with the Conservation District over the years.
Buzz BerneyJean BerneyIvan and Jerri Oberg
DorothyMcClureNorm McClure
Stewardship Buzz Berney talks about stewardship of the land. (May 11, 2009)
Almost barren in the early days:
Buzz Berney – Restoring Soil (MP3)
Need to make a living:
Buzz Berney – Stewardship (MP3)
Working with Soil Conservation Service:
Buzz Berney – SCS Staff (MP3)
Jean Berney talks about stewardship of the land. (May 11, 2009)
Use and care:
Jean Berney – Stewardship (MP3)
Dorothy McClure talks about stewardship. (May 26, 2009)
Dorothy McClure – Stewardship (MP3)
Basic beginnings:
Dorothy McClure – Basic Beginnings (MP3)
Ivan Oberg talks about stewardship. (May 12, 2009)
Ivan Oberg – Stewardship (MP3)
Adapting Buzz Berney talks about adapting. (May 11, 2009)
Conservation and rebuilding:
Buzz Berney – Conservation (MP3)
Buzz Berney – Adapting (MP3)
Ivan Oberg talks about adapting (May 12, 2009)
Ivan Oberg – Fire (MP3)
Learning Ivan Oberg talks about learning (May 12, 2009)
Ivan Oberg – Learning (MP3)
Cooperating Dorothy McClure talks about cooperating. (May 26, 2009)
Dorothy McClure – Family (MP3)
Ivan Oberg talks about cooperating. (May 12, 2009)
Ivan Oberg – Cooperating (MP3)
Appreciating Dorothy McClure talks about appreciating. (May 26, 2009)
Dorothy McClure – Staying Close to Home (MP3)
Hoping Ivan Oberg talks about hoping. (May 12, 2009)
Conservation District:
Ivan Oberg – Conservation District (MP3)
Local food:
Ivan Oberg – Local Food (MP3)
Dorothy McClure talks about hoping. (May 26, 2009)
Dorothy McClure – Conservation (MP3)
Tonasket Feed Store AdGeorge Davis

Rex Morgan from Quincy remembers growing up in Omak.
Rex Morgan – Apple Boxes (MP3)
Rex Morgan – Harvest In, School Out (MP3)