Category Archives: Projects and Programs

Announcing CONNECT 2017

by Jason Faucera


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 […]

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 […]

Applied Training: Examples of Learning with Fred Pryor Enrollment

by Teresa Matteson

Excel Pivot Table

This year, OCEAN negotiated for Oregon SWCD employees to subscribe to a year of Fred Pryor Trainings at a significantly reduced rate of $199. According to Fred Pryor representative, Rebecca Oakman, 36 OCEAN participants have taken advantage of these valuable courses. Fred Pryor offers over 2600 course titles that cover a broad range of instruction topics and most are available online at […]

Low-Tech Tool to Reduce Pesticide Drift

by Communications Committee

The recommendation from the Oregon State University Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) is to not spray pesticides when wind speed exceeds nine miles per hour. Reducing wind drift is a key component in protecting surface water, and neighboring properties, from receiving a dose of unintended chemicals. For applicators sitting inside the cab of a tractor or suited up with protective gear, it […]

CONNECT 2015 Registration is Now Open

by Communications Committee


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 […]

Dealing Effectively with Diverse Personalities

by Teresa Matteson

This competitive world of diminished funding sources rewards successful, effective partnerships. Collaboration requires that we work well with stakeholders or team members who have various personality types. Behavioral profiles, defined as models that categorize personality traits, may provide insights on how different people think, react to stress, deal with conflict, and respond to communication. Adapting your interactions to match others’ traits will […]

Oregon NRCS Announces Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding in Oregon

by Lacey Townsend

On January 15, 2015 Oregon NRCS announced the selection of six projects from around the state as recipients of Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding. NRCS’ investment will bring 23 million dollars of funding to bear to address a wide range of resource issues, and is the first in a five year commitment to the RCPP program by USDA. Projects that were […]