Oregon’s 100 Year Water Vision New Content

by Jeremy Baker

As many of you know, various state agencies recently finished an extensive outreach and engagement process to gather feedback on Oregon’s 100-Year Water Vision. After traveling across the state to hear from Oregonians, several teams worked to process and summarize nearly 4,000 individual comments about the Water Vision. Using this feedback, OWEB has updated the 100-Year Water Vision and provided a slate […]

CONNECT 2020 Early Bird Registration Closes February 6th

by Jason Faucera

Here’s a quick reminder that CONNECT 2020 conference registration is underway and that the “early bird” registration will end at close of business on February 6th. After that, cost for registration will increase to $350. If you are planning to attend this year, and we hope you are, please follow the link below and get registered! Once on the link review a […]

Final Report from Riparian Practitioner Session at CONNECT 2018

by Jason Faucera

Riparian Session at CONNECT 2018

Several partners including OCEAN, Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Oregon State University Extension worked to develop a full day riparian practitioner session with the generous support of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The day, which was a continuation of riparian discussions the year prior, brought practitioners together for training and […]

OCEAN Releases Special Edition of its Currents Newsletter at CONNECT 2018

by Jason Faucera

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CONNECT conference, Lisa Kilders, a long time OCEAN member and communications committee member, put together a newsletter showcasing how it all came about. It is amazing how far CONNECT has come in such a short time. Take a few minutes and read about the people who helped create OCEAN’s signature program. OCEAN Currents Spring 2018 […]

Announcing CONNECT 2018

by Jason Faucera


April 17-19, 2018 Seaside Convention Center Seaside, Oregon Prepare for a conference of exceptional training and networking in beautiful Seaside Oregon. CONNECT is an annual training developed by and for conservation professionals, board members, and stakeholders throughout Oregon. Held in the spring since 2009, CONNECT provides training and networking opportunities for conservation professionals and stakeholders. CONNECT 2018 is a conference targeting those […]

Request for Proposals for Facilitated Riparian Session

by Jason Faucera

Oregonm Conservation Education and Assistance Network

Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network (OCEAN) in partnership with Yamhill SWCD, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is seeking a facilitator for a discussion with riparian restoration practitioners. RFP for Facilitated Riparian Session The session will take place April 16, 2018 in Seaside, OR, the day prior to OCEAN’s CONNECT 2018 conference. […]

Request for Proposals for CONNECT 2018 Conference Planning Services

by Jason Faucera

Oregonm Conservation Education and Assistance Network

Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network will enter into a contract to plan and coordinate the CONNECT 2018 conference on behalf of the Oregon Conservation Partnership (OrCP). The selected contractor will work with the Conference Executive Committee in the execution of all aspects of CONNECT 2018, including concept development, planning, event coordination and logistics management prior to and during the event, budget […]

OCEAN New Employee Handbook Available for Download

by Jason Faucera

OCEAN New Employee Handbook Cover

Over the past year, OCEAN has been developing a handbook for new employees that helps acclimate them to the unique role that conservation districts play within the conservation and natural resources community. The handbook provides an overview of statewide district programs and their purposes as units of local government, explains that each district has a unique natural resource base with a distinct […]

CONNECT 2016 – People Are Our Greatest Resource

by Jason Faucera


CONNECT has hit it’s stride in the past few years, making the success of this year’s conference less of a surprise and more of an expectation for regular attendees. I am continually amazed at how our planning team always seems to pull together fantastic resources and speakers, and at how prepared we are to handle the logistic issues that always arise when […]

Future CONNECT and Conservation Gathering Conference Scheduling

by Jason Faucera

Oregon Conservation Partnership

The 2015 Gathering for Conservation conference hosted by the Network and OACD was well attended and well regarded. Similarly, CONNECT has been going strong since 2009, and has become a great event for district and council staff who want to focus on technical training. Both CONNECT and The Gathering have received overwhelmingly positive feedback along with suggestions for improvement. One frequent question […]