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 of gratitude, we recognize their efforts with OCEAN Assistance Awards.

For the past 6 years, Wallowa SWCD has been the backbone of the CONNECT conference. Until this past year, OCEAN was not able to accept federal grants and donations from sponsors because we had not yet gained our status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. When we decided in 2010 to formally adopt CONNECT as an OCEAN program, Wallowa SWCD came forward to administer the financial requirements for CONNECT, and did so with little to no compensation from OCEAN.

Every year since, Wallowa has offered and provided those services to allow OCEAN to host CONNECT. Now that OCEAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit, we will discuss CONNECT 2016 and look at the potential for assuming all duties related to hosting the annual conference, including the financial duties. It seemed only right with this transition to recognize Wallowa SWCD’s support in providing OCEAN the capacity to serve Oregon’s conservation community.

We are proud to recognize the Wallowa SWCD as the 2015 OCEAN Assistance Award recipient and thank them for their significant support of the CONNECT conference.