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Our Staff

Shawn Morford, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Shawn is a seasoned natural resource and rural development leader with over 35 years of  experience involving collaborations and partnerships, organizational capacity-building, and designing and delivering educational programs with conservation non-profits, tribal, Oregon Department of Forestry, OSU Extension, and rural development in Oregon on both sides of the Cascades. She has work directly within and for tribal governments for eight years in Oregon and British Columbia. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.

Shawn also holds PhD in Program Evaluation with an emphasis on Evaluation Capacity-Building for natural resource organizations and has consulted in strategic planning and evaluation with conservation and rural development organizations in the U.S. and Canada.  She is active within the conservation and rural capacity-building profession.

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Shannon Schmidt

Operations Coordinator

Shannon joined the Network in April of 2014, and is responsible for financial, administrative, and logistical support.
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Shannon is the Operations Coordinator for the Network, joining the team in April of 2014. Her part time position is responsible for financial, administrative, and logistical functions in support of organizational operations for both the Network and Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.

Shannon is a native Oregonian and, along with her husband and two children, enjoys being outdoors camping, fishing and traveling our beautiful state.

Network Partners

The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is fortunate to work closely with a number of organizations that help us support conservation and restoration activities statewide.

The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is fortunate to work closely with a number of organizations that help us support conservation and restoration activities statewide.

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a critical funding partner for the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils and for individual councils, as well as many other conservation organizations throughout Oregon. OWEB’s mission is to help create and maintain healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies.


The Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is a key partner for the Network – we share office space and staff while working together to build awareness among the public and decision makers about the importance of watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts in achieving watershed restoration. Individual Soil and Water Conservation Districts are often close partners with watershed councils in local communities.

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) serves as a statewide service center and the central voice of the land trust community. COLT focuses on improving and advancing land conservation in the state through increased land trust capacity and coverage, engagement of stakeholders, defending and developing new and larger sources of funding, and supportive policies. It represents the land trust community and provides leadership on important initiatives in public policy advocacy, policy implementation decisions, and outreach to public and private stakeholders.

Oregon Conservation Education & Assistance Network (OCEAN) delivers conservation based technical training, professional development, education, assistance, and networking opportunities to conservation district and watershed council employees in Oregon. CONNECT is OCEAN’s main endeavor, and provides attendees with two full days of technical training built around the feedback received from the attendees themselves.