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Conservation district offers help to landowners in fire area

— Okanogan Conservation District is mobilizing to help landowners whose natural resources and agricultural infrastructure has been damaged by the Carlton Complex wildfires.

The district is acting as a clearinghouse for private landowners seeking assistance with issues such as restoration of grazing lands, repair of fences, repair of irrigation systems, restoration of riparian trees and shrubs, general reseeding or erosion control.

In forested areas, issues may also include removal or chipping of burned materials, erosion control and replanting, the district said.

Limited funds are available, but the district is working with other natural resource and agriculture groups to locate additional sources of both technical and financial assistance for private landowners, Manager Craig Nelson said.

“Receiving specific descriptions from landowners about damages and natural resource concerns such as flooding and erosion will demonstrate what is required to respond to this disaster,” the district said.

Landowners can contact the district at 509-422-0855 Ext. 5, kirstenc@okanogancd.org, www.okanogancd.org/Carlton and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center (back entrance), 1251 S. Second Ave., Room 102, Okanogan.

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