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The Network supports the work of Oregon’s watershed councils to enhance watershed health and benefit their local communities.

2014 - 2017 Strategic Plan

The Network Board and staff - with input from key partners - completed a strategic planning process in 2014.  The resulting plan was adopted in November of 2014 and is available for download.


The Network supports the work of Oregon’s watershed councils to enhance watershed health and benefit their local communities.


We envision increasingly strong, resilient watershed councils throughout Oregon sustaining healthy land, water and economies. Oregon watershed councils are the pride of our local communities and a model for our country and the world. By focusing the Network’s resources, we help councils be more effective, in order to advance the organizations individually and to further watershed health collectively.


The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is dedicated to supporting the work of watershed councils throughout the state by focusing on three principle program areas:

  1. Building watershed council capacity through training, information sharing, funding, and internal communications (see events);
  2. Improving key relationships with watershed council partners such as OWEB, ODFW, the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT), Oregon Conservation Education & Assistance Network (OCEAN), and other statewide conservation partners (see partners);
  3. Promoting public awareness of watersheds and watershed councils through the continued development and maintenance of this Website, regular communications with partners and the community at large, and periodic publications that chronicle the accomplishments of councils and their partners (see publications).


The Oregon Conservation Partnership

The Network operates in a formal partnership with the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).  The partnership includes shared office space and staff capacity, as well as jointly sponsored programming. We also increasingly work with the Oregon Conservation Education & Assistance Network (OCEAN) and Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT).  This collaboration has brought efficiencies to the work we do, enabled us to help build key statewide relationships, and garnered more attention for our collective conservation efforts. Our joint work has also lent greater value to the individual identities of each organization.

To better highlight our collective efforts, we created a new name for the partnership – The Oregon Conservation Partnership (OrCP). This name does not replace individual organization identities or logos, but it does serve as an umbrella to help highlight those places where we work together. We continue to operate as individual organizations with distinct missions, goals, and identities.


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