Category Archives: Announcements

Register Now for CONNECT 2017

by Jason Faucera

CONNECT 2017

CONNECT registration is now open. Please visit the CONNECT 2017 home page where you will find updated registration information, event schedules and other important information. We are excited to be offering attendance to not only district and council employees, but board members, agencies and partners of Districts, Councils, and Land Trusts across the state. This will be the only conference offered jointly […]


Announcing CONNECT 2017

by Jason Faucera

CONNECT 2017

May 2-4, 2017 Pendleton Convention Center Pendleton, Oregon OCEAN, NOWC, OACD and COLT are excited to announce our upcoming joint conference: Prepare for a conference of exceptional training and networking in beautiful Eastern 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Network of Oregon Watershed Councils Seeks Executive Director

by Jason Faucera

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is seeking an Executive Director. Details of the position and instructions for applying can be found on the NOWC Jobs & Grants page. Reporting to a committed Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for strategic direction and overall leadership of the organization. S/he serves as the public face of the organization and works with watershed […]


River Restoration Northwest seeking Videos for ‘Stories of Our Watersheds’ Film Event

by Jason Faucera

River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) is seeking video submissions for their annual ‘Stories of Our Watersheds’ film event. The initial film screening will be held in Portland at the Hollywood Theater on April 13th, 2016. The planning committee is currently soliciting short films that acknowledge the many disciplines/perspectives of the river or watershed restoration industry, watershed stakeholders and river users. Films should not […]


OCEAN is excited to announce CONNECT 2016!

by Communications Committee

CONNECT 2016

CONNECT 2016 April 19 – 21 Salishan Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon Prepare for another year of great training, networking, and beautiful surroundings on the Oregon Coast. Registration details will arrive in late February or early March, and all materials will be posted on the CONNECT Event page on the OCEAN website. If you know of a Vendor or Sponsor that would be […]


Wallowa SWCD earns 2015 OCEAN Assistance Award

by Communications Committee

OCEAN is comprised of volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to provide services to Oregon’s Conservation Districts without the help of our volunteers, partners, and members across the state. Each year we look inward to see who amongst our community is going above and beyond to help OCEAN deliver services to its members and others across the conservation community. As a small token […]


Congratulations to Debbe Chadwick, OCEAN’s 2015 Employee of the Year

by Communications Committee

OCEAN’s is excited to announce that Debbe Chadwick has earned our 2015 Employee of the Year Award, which was presented at the CONNECT 2015 conference in Welches on April 23rd. Debbe’s work is indicative of the qualities that we look for when we select a recipient. What stood out about Debbe was her ability to build strong partnerships, to create solutions to […]


OCEAN is Restructuring to Increase Opportunities for Leadership

by Communications Committee

During our strategic planning session in February one of the major topics discussed was sustainability, not in the natural resource conservation context of the word, but rather in taking the momentum the organization has built over its recent past and sustaining it into the future. One of the outcomes of that discussion was the need to maximize participation at the board level. […]