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The Oregon Natural Desert Association celebrates the diversity of people involved in our work and highlights what we have in common - a shared love of Oregon's deserts.

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.

Bats of the high desert

Bats of the high desert

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Apr 07, 2014 12:55 PM |

At least 14 species of bats live east of the Cascades, and they are an important part of the ecosystem of the high desert. Dr. Tom Rodhouse of the National Park Service shares about the pressures bats face.

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Packrafting the Owyhee

Packrafting the Owyhee

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Mar 28, 2014 11:39 AM |

Ever heard of packrafting? It combines backpacking and rafting, and it's perfect for exploring some sections of Oregon's Owhyee Canyonlands. Here, one Oregonian shares his packrafting adventure in the Owyhee Middle Fork with the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

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Oregon Badlands: Beauty comes in many forms

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Mar 19, 2014 01:55 PM |

On the eve of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness's fifth birthday, one ONDA member shares how the beauty of this place speaks to her.

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Drama in the Owyhee

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Mar 02, 2014 07:15 AM |

Monday at 8 p.m. PST, cable channel NatGeo Wild will showcase Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands in a show called Going Wild. Heidi Hagemeier, who works on the Campaign for the Owyhee Canyonlands, intends to watch, even though the reality TV take on one of her favorite places might be taking things to the extremes.

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My blessed backyard

My blessed backyard

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Feb 26, 2014 12:17 PM |

Charyn McDonnell lived at the foot of Sutton Mountain for nearly five years. She continually felt inspired by the variety of flora and fauna found in just one place.

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Of music, poetry and imagery

Of music, poetry and imagery

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Feb 20, 2014 12:22 PM |

Eugene artist Paul Safar was inspired to write poetry, compose music and ultimately put it all together into a video with high desert imagery after a visit to the Summer Lake area.

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Running the Wild Owyhee

Running the Wild Owyhee

Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteer Bridget Welch interviews Brian Sykes of Ouzel Outfitters, a veteran of Owyhee River rafting trips, on why the Owyhee Canyonlands is so special.

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WILDERNESS=JOBS

WILDERNESS=JOBS

Posted by Gena Goodman-Campbell at Feb 05, 2014 02:55 PM |

A growing number of business owners across the west recognize the huge economic value of protected public lands. Here in Central Oregon, 20 local businesses came together recently to thank Senator Ron Wyden for his work to protect wilderness areas in the high desert and keep public lands in public hands.

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From Switzerland to the high desert

Posted by Corie Harlan at Jan 23, 2014 04:10 PM |

Christof and Ursina Teuscher originally hail from Switzerland. Since moving to the US in 2004, they have fallen in love with the wild West, favoring the freedom and the open space of the high desert.

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A perfect winter hike

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jan 09, 2014 10:24 AM |

Oregon Natural Desert Association's John Day coordinator, Ben Gordon, thinks Sutton Mountain is the perfect place for a snow-free winter outing. Recently he made his first outing on the Spring Gulch Trail to the top of the mountain.

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A whole new world

A whole new world

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Dec 26, 2013 02:48 PM |

Volunteer trips with the Oregon Natural Desert Association opened up an entire new world to Portland-area resident Jesse Laney. And he's been returning ever since.

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Restoration on the South Fork Crooked River

Restoration on the South Fork Crooked River

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Dec 10, 2013 11:20 AM |

Matt Orr, an Oregon State University-Cascades biology and ecological restoration instructor, has taught a summer field course on the South Fork of the Crooked River since 2007. Restoration work there, he believes, faces challenges.

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An Alder Springs ritual

An Alder Springs ritual

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Nov 20, 2013 09:55 AM |

Monica Welch tells the Oregon Natural Desert Association about hiking at Alder Springs within the Whychus-Deschutes Wilderness Proposal. She makes it an annual event.

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Finding the Desert

Finding the Desert

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Nov 07, 2013 02:01 PM |

Jeremy Austin was an Oregon westsider who had never been to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Then he took a summer job with the Oregon Natural Desert Association and was captivated by the desert.

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Plein Air at Steelhead Falls

Plein Air at Steelhead Falls

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Oct 21, 2013 01:05 PM |

Oregon Natural Desert Association Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell recently made a unique outing to Steelhead Falls along the Deschutes River with the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. An art show of the paintings from this trip is currently in the works, to be held at ONDA’s offices next spring — stay tuned for details!

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Inspiration in the Owyhee

Inspiration in the Owyhee

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Oct 02, 2013 03:25 PM |

After spending decades exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands, Bonnie Olin and her husband, Mike Quigley, decided to put together a book. The effort, 'The Owyhee River Journals,' pairs Quigley's images with Olin's words. Here, they team up again to urge others to have their own Owyhee adventure.

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A fence-free Steens?

A fence-free Steens?

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Sep 13, 2013 01:15 PM |

Steens Mountain Wilderness is nearly fence-free, thanks to the hard work of Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteers and support from organizations like REI.

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A business for wilderness

A business for wilderness

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Aug 21, 2013 03:49 PM |

Bend business E2 Solar, a presenting sponsor of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Oct. 3, shares why it believes the work of the Oregon Natural Desert Association supports the economy.

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A Great Old Broads getaway

A Great Old Broads getaway

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Aug 08, 2013 01:26 PM |

Oregon Natural Desert Association's John Day coordinator, Ben Gordon, shares his fun day in the proposed Horse Heaven Wilderness with members of the brand new Great Old Broads for Wilderness Central Oregon Chapter.

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Exploring Central Oregon's Outback

Exploring Central Oregon's Outback

Posted by Gena Goodman-Campbell at Jul 26, 2013 11:55 AM |

After a trip volunteering with the Oregon Natural Desert Association on the South Fork of the Crooked River, a recent graduate from the Seattle Waldorf School reflects on her first encounter with desert wilderness.

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