The Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network is hiring a Regional Coordinator.

Apply now for the position of Network Manager of the Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network

The Oregon South Coast Tourism Network is looking for a smart, spirited, and capable Network Manager. Click here to learn more about the network and see below for a detailed job description for the Network Manager.

A Network Manager’s primary job is to help build a cohesive, resilient network that supports the mission of the Oregon South Coast Tourism Network as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The role of a Network Manager is not to run an organization. Instead, the role is designed to help the network convene, connect, communicate, coordinate, and collaborate around its shared purpose. A primary goal is to continually cultivate trust amongst its members.

Apply Now
To apply, send a resume and cover letter in PDF format to Southcoastnetworkmanager@gmail.com by February 23rd at midnight PT. The subject line of your email should read “Application for Network Manager position”. We will then follow up by March 16th with information about the first round of interviews. Your cover letter should respond to these three questions:

Applications are now being accepted until February 23rd, 2018


January 25th, 2018

Agritourism Conference Built for Your Future Success

Join us for a great day of networking and info!
Join us for a great day of networking and info!

By Mary Stewart, OSU Extension Service

Hello and welcome to the new year!

If you’re like us, you have some lofty goals cleverly disguised as New Year’s resolutions. If any of those goals include furthering your agritourism operation, gaining inspiration, building your agritourism network, or getting to the bottom of some nagging questions, we’ve got an event tailored just for you.

You are enthusiastically invited to the 2018 Agritourism Conference for Clackamas, Marion, and Polk Counties.

The Agritourism Conference is an educational and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators, designed for all sizes and types of farms, ranches, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors and botanical gardens. It is also a great place to meet other operators, share your knowledge and learn better business strategy.

We will be addressing such topics as:

  • Forming a diverse marketing portfolio to best represent your business
  • Adding outdoor recreation tourism to your business mix
  • Models of success from here & elsewhere
  • How zoning and health regulations affect agritourism operations
  • Willamette Valley wine trends
  • Lessons learned from the total eclipse
  • Web design and increasing SEO

We hope you can join us for this year’s conference. The details are as follows:

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 8:30am-3:00pm

WHERE: The Oregon Garden, Orchid Room, 895 W. Main Street, Silverton

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch


The event is co-sponsored by: OSU Extension Service, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Kyle Bunch Agency – American Family Insurance, and Oregon Farm Loop.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Mary or Victoria at 503-588-5301.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Rough-skin Newt
Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)

What do think of when you say the word Newt? … maybe you thought they were just a mythical made up creature! Well in fact the Oregon coast is home to this very interesting creature the Rough Skinned Newt!

Rough-skinned newts were named for their dry granular skin―most other salamander species have moist smooth skin. A terrestrial adult newt has a brown head and back with a bright orange belly and can grow to almost eight inches in total length.

Through the non-breeding season, terrestrial adults live in forested areas along the coast and through to the eastern foothills of the Cascades. They find protection in or under soft logs. For their size, these newts travel relatively long distances between their breeding and non-breeding habitat and may be seen crossing sidewalks and roads during spring and fall as they migrate.

An interesting study from Standford University reveals Rough-skinned newts harbor in their skin the same deadly toxin found in blowfish. A newt must be ingested to be toxic but Garter snakes that dine on the newts have evolved resistance to the toxin, spurring greater toxicity in the newts by natural selection. But now researchers report that in some areas, the snakes have somehow evolved levels of resistance far beyond what the newts are capable of countering. The newt emits an acrid smell that probably discourages most predators from tasting it.