CONNECT 2012

Better Employees. Stronger Districts.


Kah-nee-ta High Desert Resort
Warm Springs, Oregon
April 25 - 27, 2012

CONNECT 2012 at the Kah-nee-ta High Desert Resort in Warm Springs Oregon on April 25th - 27th was a great success! OCEAN would like to thank the CONNECT 2012 presenters for delivering the relevant, high quality information that has become a trademark of the CONNECT sessions, and all of those who help make CONNECT the best training bargain around.

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CONNECT 2012 Sessions

Below are postings of CONNECT 2012 Sessions divided into each of five tracks. Descriptions are provided and links to materials are posted where available.

Managers | Admin | Grazing & Pasture Management | Water Quality
General Technical | Spotlight on Districts

Managers


STATE LIABILITY SELF-INSURANCE PLAN
Andrea Peters, Oregon Department of Administrative Services Risk Management
Powerpoint (1.7 MB)

Learn about liability coverage; what is and is not covered under the self-insurance coverage, new tort liability limits, and certificate of insurance process. There will be time for questions and answers at the end.

SWCD PROGRAM UPDATE
Eric Nusbaum, Heather Rickenbach, & John Byers, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Powerpoint 1 (1.3 MB)
Powerpoint 2 (0.9 MB)

Join us for updates and discussions on the SWCD program, the prioritization project, and scope of work tasks and funding.

BUILDING TRUST IN YOUR ORGANIZATION
Tom Salzer, Clackamas County SWCD
Powerpoint (2.5 MB)

Building Trust: What is trust, how is it lost, and how do you rebuild it in your organization.

REACHING CONSENSUS ON DIVISIVE ISSUES: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE CLACKAMAS STEWARDSHIP PARTNERS
Nathan Poage, Clackamas Stewardship Partners
Powerpoint (1.8 MB)

A presentation and discussion of collaborative lessons learned by the Clackamas Stewardship Partners (CSP), a group of diverse stakeholders working in the 600,000 acre Clackamas River Basin located on the south and southwest sides of Mount Hood, Oregon. CSP is responsible for identifying and recommending restoration projects to fund using retained receipts generated by stewardship contracting restoration thinning work on the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. CSP is responsible for an estimated $6 million of restoration projects completed or under contract in the Clackamas River Basin since 2006. In 2011, CSP recommended over $510,000 worth of restoration projects to fund with retained receipts.

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Administrators


GET READ! WRITING AND CONTENT CREATION TIPS FOR NEWSLETTERS, BROCHURES, WEBSITES, AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Andru Grimm, East Multnomah SWCD
PDF (2.0 MB)

Are you tasked with writing for brochures, webpages, guides, and other resources from time to time in addition to all your other tasks. Is it daunting? This short workshop will introduce you to a flowchart that will help you focus when sitting down to write something new and help guide editing  existing content when it's due for an update.  It won't write the content for you, but it will make producing great content that's relevant to the reader less painful.

BE PREPARED FOR A VISIT FROM IRS
Lori Steiber, Internal Revenue Service
PDF 1 (0.3 MB)
PDF 2 (0.6 MB)

Prepare for what the IRS may require of staff, records, and your time when they contact your organization for a compliance check or audit.

CONTRACTOR VS EMPLOYEE
Lori Steiber, Internal Revenue Service
PDF 1 (0.1 MB)
PDF 2 (0.1 MB)

Many companies classify as "independent contractors" workers who the IRS would view as employees. Who is in control?  Be prepared to explain non-employee classifications of workers with a clear understanding of when a worker is really an employee!

OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT IN OREGON
Dan Maguire, Oregon Secretary of State, Archives Division
Powerpoint (4.3 MB)

An overview of the requirements and best practices involved in the management of Oregon public records, from creation to final disposition with time for questions.

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Grazing & Pasture Management


FERTILITY MANAGEMENT FOR PASTURES
Mylen Bohle & Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension
PDF (4.2 MB)

Learn about soil nutrient requirements, the timing of applications, and how to integrate soil fertility into pasture management.

GROWTH AND DEFOLIATION OF PASTURE PLANTS
David Hannaway, Oregon State University
PDF (2.4 MB)

This session will discuss how the biology of pasture plants relates to grazing levels and pasture productivity.

PASTURE IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT
Mylen Bohle & Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension
Powerpoint (8.2 MB)

While irrigation can increase pasture productivity, water management is crucial to maintain profitability. Learn how to determine the timing and frequency of irrigation water application, as well as advantages and disadvantages of various irrigation methods.

PASTURE IRRIGATION CONTINUED & NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF GRAZING ANIMALS
Mylen Bohle & Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension
PDF (3.1 MB)

Learn about the nutritional requirements of grazing animals and the forage nutritional value of the plants available to them.

FORAGING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR AND MANAGEMENT
Claudia Ingham, Ecological and Agricultural Consulting
PDF (0.2 MB)

Learn about livestock behavior and how it influences selection of various plant types and distribution of animals in different landscapes. Preference for and selection of plants types by different classes of livestock will be included. Timing and intensity of grazing with attention to conservation of soil and water resources will also be emphasized.

STOCKING RATE, CARRYING CAPACITY, AND ANIMAL PERFORMANCE
Mylen Bohle & Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension
Powerpoint (5.8 MB)

This session will teach attendees how to estimate stocking rates and how to evaluate animal gains.

GRAZING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Mylen Bohle & Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension
PDF (2.6 MB)

This session will look at developing a grazing system that will help meet the grazing objectives of the landowner.

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Water Quality


STONEFLIES OR LEECHES: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Ellen Hammond, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Powerpoint 1 (2.3 MB)
Powerpoint 2 (1.4 MB)

Landowners can easily overlook some of their closest friends and neighbors. If they have a stock pond, irrigation ditch, or creek on their property, they are hosting a variety of insects and other small critters that can tell a lot about water quality. This presentation includes methods for introducing benthic macroinvertebrates to the general public (especially youth), basics of identification, how to use them to monitor water quality, and practice either in the classroom or in the field with identification and monitoring. You will also learn about how this information has been successfully presented to over 1500 youth in central and southeastern Oregon.

HOW ODA ENFORCES WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS: FROM RECOMMENDATIONS TO CIVIL PENALTIES
Michael Powers, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Powerpoint (2.5 MB)

This session will cover a summary of the agricultural water quality regulations and what ODA staff look for during an inspection, potential results of an inspection, and examples of compliance and noncompliance. Differences in east side and west site inspections will be covered.  In addition, the important role districts play to help landowners comply with the regulations will be discussed.

DSL FILL/REMOVAL PROGRAM AND VOLUNTARY HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS
Lori Warner-Dickason, Oregon Department of State Lands
Powerpoint (2.0 MB)

Overview of removal-fill permitting, with an emphasis on voluntary habitat restoration and stream bank stabilization.

RECRUITING LANDOWNERS FOR RIPARIAN RESTORATION: USING TARGETED OUTREACH AND PRIORITIZAION STRATEGIES
Erika Lang, North Santiam Watershed Council
Powerpoint (2.3 MB)

Collaborating together since 2005 on a "Landowner Recruitment for Restoration Program", the North Santiam, South Santiam, and Calapooia Watershed Councils have moved from opportunistic restoration actions to targeted, more ecologically beneficial restoration results. By consulting available data and involving streamside landowners early in the process using a variety of outreach methods, we have been able to foster improved watershed stewardship. Prioritization has also helped us leverage funding and use this funding wisely; build partnerships with other organizations; and use staff time more efficiently.

OREGON NRCS STRATEGIC APPROACH TO CONSERVATION: TECHNICAL AND PLANNING UPDATES
Tom Makowski, Natural Resources Concervation Service
PDF 1 (7.6 MB)
PDF 2 (23.2 MB)
PDF 3 (0.7 MB)
Excel (0.2 MB)

Oregon NRCS Technical Sciences and Strategic Planning Updates.

FOCUSING EFFORTS TO DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVENESS
Sheila Marcoe, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Powerpoint (1.2 MB)

Recent discussions at the state and national levels about water quality are driving the need to assess the effectiveness of Oregon's water quality programs.  The Agriculture Water Quality Management Program within the Oregon Department of Agriculture is responsible for developing and implementing agricultural pollution prevention and control plans to protect water quality in the state.  Stakeholders and Legislators have expressed interest in assessing agriculture's progress in implementing local solutions to minimize any negative impacts on water quality as a result of farming and ranching activities.  ODA is working with stakeholders to develop strategies to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of local water quality improvement efforts.

LAND CONDITION AND WATER QUALITY MONITORING IN SCOPES OF WORK
Stephanie Page & Paul Measeles, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Ken Diebel, Baker County Association of Conservation Districts
Powerpoint 1 (0.9 MB)
Powerpoint 2 (1.9 MB)

This session will start with a brief overview of monitoring activities that are part of SWCD Scope of Work agreements with ODA, including water quality and land condition monitoring. We'll then go into more detail on land condition monitoring, including why the focus on land conditions, land conditions that can be monitored, protocols to monitor different land conditions, and joint ODA and SWCD land condition monitoring activities. ODA and SWCD staff will present examples of successful land condition monitoring projects.

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General Technical


LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVES-GETTING THE WORD OUT!
Gaylen Beatty, Columbia Land Trust
Kathy Shearin, East Multnomah SWCD
Powerpoint 1 (1.7 MB)
Powerpoint 2 (2.9 MB)

Landscaping with native plants as a way to reduce water and chemical use is become more popular across the country.  In the Portland metro region, the Naturescaping program (sponsored by E. Multnomah SWCD) and the new Backyard Habitat Certification Program (sponsored by the Columbia Land Trust and Portland Audubon) have been working collaboratively for several years now to spread the word and motivate people to take conservation action.  This workshop will describe the history of the effort, how the partnership works, and the many lessons learned that might be useful to others contemplating such a program.

RESPONSIBLE LAWN CARE PRACTICES FOR OREGON
Tom Cook, Oregon State University
Powerpoint 1 (18.8 MB)
Powerpoint 2 (8.2 MB)

Almost everyone has a lawn but surprisingly few people have the slightest idea how to care for their lawn responsibly. The picture created by people with something to sell is that lawns require lots of everything including fertilizer, water, and a variety of pesticides. The truth is that lawns are fairly simple to maintain in our part of the world provided you follow a few basic tips. This presentation will look at basic lawn ecology for the Northwest, optimum strategies for mowing, ways to minimize fertilizer inputs, how to minimize water use, how to avoid overuse of pesticides, and alternatives to conventional grass lawns.

VOLUNTEER VISIONS—YOU CAN DO IT!
Jackie Hastings, Polk SWCD
Powerpoint 1 (2.2 MB)
Powerpoint 2 (1.5 MB)

Do you wish your District could do more projects? Do you dream of having someone who could work on tasks that may not be complicated but are time consuming? If your District had unlimited funding what would you do? If you can vision it, then volunteers can accomplish it! Learn how to set-up and recruit for a successful volunteer program. Learn how to avoid costly mistakes while accomplishing great things.

SOIL QUALITY EXTRAVAGANZA!
Teresa Matteson, Benton SWCD
Powerpoint (9.1 MB)

This session will prepare participants to take SWCD programs to a deeper dimension – the soil.  Soil quality is the capacity of a soil to: sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation.  Join Teresa Matteson, Benton SWCD, for an interactive soil quality extravaganza.  She will share outreach demonstrations, project findings and network updates.  Discover what opportunities await you in the Soil Quality Movement!!!

ON-FARM ENERGY AUDITS
Robert Wallace & Fred Vosper, Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development Council
Powerpoint (3.7 MB)

Learn about current energy conservation programs and additional funding sources, this will include local utility energy conservation rebate programs, the new NRCS Energy audits and funding for energy conservation improvements. See how the local RC&D (Resource Conservation and Development) offices are working with growers across the state to improve on farm efficiencies.

RAIN GARDENS: LESSONS LEARNED
Candace Stoughton, East Multnomah SWCD
Powerpoint (8.6 MB)

Want to offer rain garden workshops in your area? Learn from our experience of putting on rain garden workshops for nearly four years in the Portland metro region. What do we include in our class, what lessons have we learned, what works, what doesn't work, what we plan to do next.

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Spotlight on Districts


THE IRRIGATION MUSKETEERS: PARTNERING TO MINIMIZE LANDOWNER CONFUSIONAND MAXIMIZE CONSERVATION RESULTS
Kate Conley, Wasco County Watershed Councils Coordinator
Powerpoint (3.0 MB)

The Irrigation Musketeers are personnel from the Fifteenmile Watershed Council, Wasco County SWCD, the NRCS, Wy'East RC&D Council, and a variety of funders who meet regularly to streamline the delivery of irrigation assistance programs to landowners. Together they created a single questionnaire that irrigators fill out to describe their needs. The Musketeers use this to match irrigators with appropriate financial and technical assistance, often from multiple sources. The Musketeers discuss new applications, designate a primary agency contact person for each case, and track project progress. This behind-the-scenes collaboration has made it possible to maximize the success of a 'Save Water, Save Energy' campaign in Fifteenmile watershed.

THE GOVERNOR'S STRATEGIC RESERVE FUND
Marty Goold, Harney SWCD
Powerpoint (0.7 MB)

Marty Goold from Harney SWCD talks about their Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund award and the collaboration between federal, state, and local interests that made it possible.

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