Category Archives: Education

OCEAN Receives $500,000 NRCS Grant Award

by Cathy McQueeney

This month, the Oregon Conservation and Assistance Network (OCEAN) received a $500,000 grant from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  This award allows OCEAN to aid Conservation Districts in delivering Farm Bill program activities in their communities through coordination and training.  NRCS benefits by OCEAN facilitating more efficient partnerships with Conservation Districts in Farm Bill Conservation Program delivery. According to OCEAN president, […]

Reminder of October 15 Oregon Conservation Partnership Webinar

by Jason Faucera

Please join districts, councils and land trusts to hear Irma Lagomarsino, Senior Policy Advisor at NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, talk about new “Safe Harbor agreements” for landowners for protection of anadromous fish habitat (salmon species), a new Oregon program. Safe Harbor agreements protect landowners form take under the Endangered Species Act. Irma developed the program, the first in the US for […]

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 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 […]

CONNECT 2016 is Open for Registration

by Jason Faucera


Planning for CONNECT 2016 is wrapping up and we are excited to invite District and Council employees to Salshan Resort on the Oregon Coast for another great year of learning and networking. 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 […]

OCEAN is excited to announce CONNECT 2016!

by Communications Committee


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 […]

One Year of Unlimited Software/Administrative Training for $199 Per Employee

by Jason Faucera

Fred Pryor Training Categories

OCEAN has negotiated a group discount rate for annual subscriptions to training through Fred Pryor Seminars. Fred Pryor provides access to over 2,600+ online courses and unlimited access to attend local live seminars to employees for 12 months. Memberships with the OCEAN discount rate will cost only $199/member versus the standard $399/member. Attached is a full list of the trainings that are […]