CONNECT is an annual three-day conference that brings together local, state, and federal decision-makers, support organizations, professionals from Watershed Councils, Conservation Districts, Land Trusts and others committed to conserving our natural resources. 


CONNECT provides training focused on both the technical and administrative aspects of conservation implementation. Classes are developed for rural and urban conservation implementation, managerial and administrative function, policy, and education and outreach activities, delivering content that is specific and relevant to current conservation issues.


Dr. Rose Graves is a landscape ecologist and postdoctoral research fellow working in partnership with Portland State University and The Nature Conservancy.


Over the last decade, Rose's research has focused on better understanding the supply of ecosystem services -- or the benefits people get from nature -- across landscapes and how conservation actions can contribute to sustaining these important benefits. She holds a Master’s in Ecological Planning from The University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in Landscape Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Currently, her research is focused on how natural and working lands in Oregon can contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and mitigate climate change.


The Oregon Conservation Partnership (OrCP) was established to efficiently 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. 

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