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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Steens Mountain Wilderness is nearly fence-free, thanks to the hard work of Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteers and support from organizations like REI.
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.
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.
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.
The Age of Exploration continues: Oregon Natural Desert Association member Bob DenOuden, of Eugene, believes there is plenty of adventure to be had hiking Oregon's high desert. Here, he writes about a recent Toppin Creek Canyon outing in the Owyhee Canyonlands.
Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, professor emeritus of history and environmental studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, is renown for his work on wilderness. His books, “Wilderness and the American Mind” and “The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics,” are considered conservation classics. Here, Dr. Nash reflects for the Oregon Natural Desert Association on a trip in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands and on wilderness and humanity.
Dick Herb's passion for the high desert began more than 50 years ago. Now, the Oregon Natural Desert Association 2013 Volunteer of the Year regularly offers his time and can-do spirit.
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is fortunate to have numerous devoted volunteers. Meet 2013 Alice Elshoff Award recipient David Eddleston, a tireless advocate with a lasting love of the high desert.
David Eddleston, Executive Director of the Friends of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, reflects on the bright day four years ago when the Badlands Wilderness Act was signed into law. Volunteers from the Friends of the Oregon Badlands (aka "Fobbits") had the unique experience of being involved in a community effort in a wilderness study area when, with the stroke of the President's pen, it became wilderness.
We often hear about the values that families develop through the influences of religion, culture and nationality. We hear less often about the values that the natural world instills in us.
Does keeping wild places a secret help or hurt efforts to protect those places?
A comprehensive study recently released by Headwaters Economics shows that public lands that are federally protected, such as Wilderness Areas, National Parks or National Monuments, provide a major competitive economic advantage to the counties where they are located.
If they fail to pass any of the 18 pending Wilderness bills, this Congress will become the second in the history of the Wilderness Act not to protect any of our public wild lands during their two years in session.
Noted author and poet, Ellen Waterston recently shared her affection for Oregon's high desert with attendees at ONDA's Desert Conference event.
Watch "Owyhee Time," a video by ONDA members Marcial Reiley and Kim Jardine Reiley, and read the story of their adventure in the Owyhee Canyonlands that inspired the film.