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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.

Oregon Desert Trail: 175-Mile Packraft on the Owyhee River: The Prep

Posted by Renee Patrick at Aug 25, 2016 02:30 PM |

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.

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Service at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Aug 02, 2016 12:55 PM |

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.

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Vegetation Monitoring in Southeastern Oregon

Vegetation Monitoring in Southeastern Oregon

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Jul 21, 2016 04:06 PM |

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.

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REI Supports the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Jul 13, 2016 03:10 PM |

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.

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Trip Report: 250 Miles on the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Jul 07, 2016 04:45 PM |

Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares her experiences from a section of the trail.

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Bend students pool resources to give to high desert conservation for their teacher's birthday

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 03, 2016 12:52 PM |

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.

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Christof Teuscher Runs for Discovery on the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Jun 29, 2016 12:00 PM |

In his second attempt, ultrarunner Christof Teuscher hopes to complete the Oregon Desert Trail in 18 days this summer.

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Falling in Love with a Desert

Posted by Corinne Handelman at May 10, 2016 10:41 AM |

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.

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New & Updated Resources for the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Jun 16, 2016 02:30 PM |

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.

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Mary “Fireweed” Kwart Preps for the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Apr 29, 2016 11:51 AM |

With 45 years of long-distance hiking experience, Mary "Fireweed" Kwart is preparing to venture out on the Oregon Desert Trail this spring.

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Public Reacts to Malheur Occupation

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Mar 17, 2016 09:55 AM |

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.

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Helen Harbin honored with ONDA's 2015 Alice Elshoff Conservation Award

Helen Harbin honored with ONDA's 2015 Alice Elshoff Conservation Award

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Feb 02, 2016 01:35 PM |

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.

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Tracing the Pronghorn Path

Tracing the Pronghorn Path

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.

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A New Year and a New Logo for the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Jan 04, 2016 12:00 PM |

The Oregon Natural Desert Association is welcoming in the New Year with a new logo for the Oregon Desert Trail.

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A year in review: Six highlights of 2015

Posted by Lindsay Jones at Dec 21, 2015 01:45 PM |

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.

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Exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands: A Wild Adventure

Exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands: A Wild Adventure

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Dec 07, 2015 03:45 PM |

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.

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Giving Tuesday: A day for the desert

Giving Tuesday: A day for the desert

Posted by onda@onda.org at Nov 24, 2015 09:13 AM |

#GivingTuesday is December 1. Join us in giving back to Oregon's high desert on this global day on giving.

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Fence removal is a big part of restoration work

Fence removal is a big part of restoration work

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Oct 29, 2015 03:35 PM |

Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteer Monica Welch explains the intrinsic rewards of removing obsolete fence, and describes ONDA's many other volunteer opportunities through its Wilderness Stewardship Program.

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Steens Mountain: A Family Touchstone

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Sep 25, 2015 02:25 PM |

Owyhee Weikel-Magden reminisces about her wedding on the East Rim of Steens Mountain, explaining her family’s longtime connection to the mountain and her desire to instill similar love of place in her two sons.

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Three Days in the Steens

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Sep 16, 2015 02:35 PM |

Four Bend friends headed out to Steens Mountain for an early season trip in April to explore Pike Creek Canyon, the Alvord Desert and the Little Blitzen Trail. The experience was both grounding and emotionally fulfilling, writes Meaghan Bull.

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