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 […]

NRCS Releases Native Seed Manual for Pacific Northwest Species

by Jason Faucera

NRCS Seed Manual

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the release of a publication called the Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest. Click to see the full release on the Oregon NRCS website. Here’s an excerpt of the full release: “The Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest contains detailed, species-specific information for 17 grasses, 60 forbs, and 7 sedges […]

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 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 […]

OCEAN Silent Auction Raises $760 to Help Offset Meeting Costs

by Communications Committee


OCEAN’s silent auction, held at the 2015 Gathering for Conservation conference was a great success. Winning bidders for auction items brought home great items like gift baskets, artwork, and food items. Competition between bidders was fierce, almost always civil, and much appreciated. In total, OCEAN was able to raise $760. Funds from the annual silent auction are used to continue OCEAN’s mission […]

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 […]

Listen to Farmers – Shop Talks and Field Days

by Teresa Matteson

Over the past five years Oregon’s soil health educators have reached over one thousand farmers, agency staff and students through workshops, field days and classroom settings. Consistently, evaluations from the events indicate that the audiences most appreciate hearing directly from farmers about their real world experiences, what works, and lessons learned. This spring, to address those needs Benton and Linn SWCDs each […]

CONNECT 2015: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

by Jason Faucera


It never ceases to amaze me how much work goes into planning the CONNECT conference. There are so many moving parts, yet every year we are able to put together a fantastic event. The best part about helping to plan an event like CONNECT is that you get to see it from both sides as organizer and attendee. You get to see […]

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 […]