Network of Oregon Watershed CouncilsNetwork of Oregon Watershed Councils

The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils (NOWC) is a statewide non-profit organization that supports the work of Oregon’s community-based watershed councils. Watershed Councils are community-based, voluntary, non-regulatory organizations that conduct conservation and restoration. NOWC envisions increasingly strong, resilient watershed councils throughout Oregon sustaining healthy land, water and economies. For more information about watershed councils and NOWC visit

Oregon Association of Conservation Districts

The Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) serves and represents the 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across Oregon. SWCDs are local government entities with locally elected boards of directors who assist landowners and managers in voluntary conservation goals. Most Districts serve their entire county, while counties are split into 2-4 Districts. Any SWCD in Oregon is eligible to become a member of OACD. See SWCD contact information here, and find out more about OACD at

Oregon Conservation and Education Assistance Network

Oregon Conservation and Education Assistance Network (OCEAN) provides a statewide network for education, resources, partnerships, and professional development making better employees and stronger districts. All SWCD employees are automatically voting members of OCEAN. Conservation practitioners and leaders who are not SWCD employees are welcome to become associate members. OCEAN leads the planning of CONNECT, an annual training developed for conservation districts, land trusts, and watershed councils in Oregon. To find out more about OCEAN, visit

Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) serves and strengthens land trusts through building connections and advancing policies that help protect our natural world – water, wildlife, and open space – for all people, forever. COLT is an association of land trusts, nonprofits that work with individuals and communities to conserve land, often through tools like conservation easements that ensure future conservation of the land. For more information about land trusts and COLT, visit