Category Archives: CONNECT

2015 OCEAN Annual Meeting Recap

by Jason Faucera

OCEAN Regions

OCEAN held its annual meeting at CONNECT on April 22nd, 2015. After a brief presentation about accomplishments and financial information, new bylaws were presented for adoption by the membership. The proposed bylaws were adopted, essentially changing OCEAN’s 8 basin structure for representation to a new 5 region structure. The total number of directors remains at 11, with at-large positions increasing from 3 […]


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 to Hold its Annual Meeting at CONNECT 2015

by Jason Faucera

In line with what we have done for the past 6 years, OCEAN is holding its Annual Meeting at CONNECT 2015. Last year was extremely productive and brought some major organizational changes. We are looking forward to showing you what we have accomplished, but more importantly to involve you in guiding our future. The Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April […]


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. […]


Why You Should Attend an Education and Outreach Class at CONNECT

by Jen Nelson

April is approaching, and you might be considering what classes you want to take at CONNECT. With so many great technical offerings, you might overlook the education and outreach track entirely. Don’t do that! These great topics are useful for every employee at a conservation district or watershed council. For example… Have you ever needed a photo for that newsletter article you […]


CONNECT 2015 Registration is Now Open

by Communications Committee

OCEAN CONNECT 2015

With planning for another great CONNECT conference well underway we are happy to announce that registration is open. We are able to offer Full Registration again this year for $400 a person, which includes 2 nights lodging, meals, snacks, tuition, and materials. Registration materials can be found at the CONNECT 2015 Home Page. Watch this video, courtesy of Wahoo Films to see […]


What Are They Thinking?

by Lisa Kilders

Who among us, in filling out a grant application, has not expounded on the value of conservation practices in salmon restoration?  We then turn around and sell the grant funded conservation program to a landowner by touting the improved efficiency of management or the benefits to the farmer’s bottom line.  We may not realize it, but we are using our knowledge about […]


Frustrated Writers, Take a Photo Break!

by Lisa Kilders

photo by Jason Faucera

The world in which we live is on information overload. Tweets, texts, and e-mail messages arrive literally 24 hours-a-day! The competition to catch our reader’s attention is steep, especially when our message isn’t exactly the topic of conversation at the dinner table. Maybe what we need to do is find another way of getting noticed. Think Outside of the Box To get […]


We’re Excited to Announce CONNECT 2015

by Communications Committee

OCEAN CONNECT 2015

Through the CONNECT program, OCEAN has provided high quality training to Conservation District employees for six years running. We invited Watershed Councils to participate in 2014, and it made the program even stronger. OCEAN is pleased to announce that CONNECT 2015 will be held April 22-24, 2015 at The Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon. Planning is underway, and registration will […]