ONDA's Wild Desert Blog
Oregon Natural Desert Association knows that our wild desert lands will only be protected through the support of those who love them. This collection of stories from a variety of contributors reflects the diversity of people involved in our work and highlights what we have in common - a shared love of Oregon's deserts.
From Jethro Tull to amazing silence, a stewardship trip to the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region has one newbie hooked on Oregon's high desert.
Louisiana native and longtime Bend resident Elliott Dubreuil left a lasting legacy supporting conservation in the high desert he grew to love.
ONDA Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shared her preparation tactics for an exploratory packraft alternate on the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) in the Owyhee Canyonlands recently. Here she takes us along her 175-mile hike and packraft journey to investigate a “water alternate” to the ODT hiking route.
Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell shares her experience leading a group of ONDA volunteers on an inventory of the Hampton Buttes backcountry last June.
Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares her unique preparation strategy for her recent summer hike/packraft of the eastern 175 miles of the Oregon Desert Trail in the Owyhee River Canyon.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness members recently spent four days with ONDA working and exploring the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. One of the primary purposes of the trip was to have a chance to experience an ecosystem that has been livestock-free for over 20 years.
ONDA summer intern Anne White describes her time spent in southeastern Oregon monitoring sagebrush habitat. She and her fellow intern collected data to help determine the health of the habitat for Greater sage-grouse.
Recently, ONDA established Oregon Desert Trail sponsorship opportunities to reach businesses and who make it their mission to support recreation, and welcomed REI as the first Pronghorn Sponsor.
Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares her experiences from a section of the trail.
Students from Alex Rocco's class at Miller Elementary School in Bend wanted to give him the perfect birthday gift. Together, they raised funds to support one of his favorite causes: conservation in Oregon's high desert.
In his second attempt, ultrarunner Christof Teuscher hopes to complete the Oregon Desert Trail in 18 days this summer.
Over the years, Ursula Le Guin has proved herself a zealous advocate for Oregon’s high desert, her love for Steens Mountain unwavering. Here is a Steens-themed poem from Ursula, with a never-before-seen preface, which we hope inspires you to act on behalf of Oregon’s wildlands.
Hiking season in the high desert is upon us, and to help you plan your next Oregon Desert Trail adventure in Eastern Oregon, we have new and updated resources to share.
With 45 years of long-distance hiking experience, Mary "Fireweed" Kwart is preparing to venture out on the Oregon Desert Trail this spring.
During the height of those 41 days of the illegal takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, citizens who care about our public lands had plenty to say. Below are dozens of their voices, reminding us that we must not take for granted one of our nation's greatest assets.
In a recent interview, 2015 Alice Elshoff Conservation Award winner, Helen Harbin, describes her long involvement with ONDA, including seven years as board president, and what drives her passion for Oregon's high desert.
Three intrepid hikers last summer set out on a journey to explore and understand the wildlife corridor between the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada and the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southern Oregon.
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is welcoming in the New Year with a new logo for the Oregon Desert Trail.
It has been an amazing year of conservation success in Oregon's high desert. Catch the highlights of the Oregon Natural Desert Association's work in 2015.
Over the past year, Portland resident Corinne Handelman has been working on visiting all 47 of Oregon's wilderness areas. But there was one area that, while still unprotected, she had always heard is truly wild. Here, she shares about her first visit to this place -- the Owyhee Canyonlands -- and why she's certain she'll be back.