Events and Work Trips
Restoration Work Trips, Parties and Gatherings
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The area in and around Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge has been identified as one of the best habitats for sage-grouse in the west. ONDA is undertaking an effort to begin a long-term study of the vegetation communities in the area with the help of Independent Stewards. To find out more about this program and the training event CLICK HERE.
Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 May 10 (Tuesday PM) to 12 (Thursday PM) The South Fork of the Crooked River is spectacular. Unfortunately in recent years heavy irrigation withdraws and a lack of stream bank vegetative cover have caused the river's water temperatures to rise and fish habitat quality to plummet. To remedy this situation, ONDA has partnered with private landowners and federal land managers to conduct extensive restoration in the upper stretches of the river. This trip is reserved for employees of Keen Footwear.
ONDA has formed cooperative agreements with several BLM district offices to help them monitor conditions within Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) throughout Eastern Oregon. Independent Stewards will spearhead the effort to help get this important work accomplished. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and training dates.
Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 May 14 (Saturday AM) to May 15 (Sunday PM) As the only one-night weekend trip of the year, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for those who are only available on the weekend but still want to get out into the high desert and give back to a very special place: Alder Springs. Join ONDA’s Central Oregon Coordinator, Gena Goodman-Campbell, for a short overnight backpack into Alder Springs and some “spring cleaning” of the Alder Springs trail, as well as opportunities for hiking and exploration. Click HERE for photos from previous work trips to Alder Springs. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5 May 19 (Thursday PM) to May 22 (Sunday AM) We will be trucked to a remote back-country campsite and day-hike further out to the work site each morning. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures from similar trips out to the Conservation Area.
Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 May 25 (Wednesday PM) to May 29 (Sunday AM) Following up on a similar trip in 2015, this year's trip will monitor ecological conditions along the West Little Owyhee River. While we hope to find an improvement in the ecological health of the riparian area, there is no doubt volunteers will find the remote beauty of the Owyhee Canyonlands unforgettable. Don't miss this opportunity to explore and help protect the fabled Owyhee Canyonlands. Click HERE for photos from a previous trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.
Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 June 3 (Friday PM) to 5 (Sunday PM) Our third major trip in a series of new major riparian restoration efforts ONDA will be heading up on the South Fork of the Crooked River. A fantastic chance to make a huge impact on a privately owned, but open to the public conservation parcel immediately adjacent to the Wilderness Study Area. Planting work will occur all day Saturday, and perhaps Sunday Morning as well.
Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 ONDA and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness are heading out to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge for the opportunity to see how desert ecosystems respond to the removal of livestock. Educational guest speakers and catering by Naturalists Northwest will round out this fun filled weekend of volunteer work.
Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 June 9 (Thursday PM) June 12 (Sunday AM) Explore the backcountry around Hampton Butte at the heart of ONDA's Hidden Springs Wilderness Proposal, while helping build the case for permanent protection of this high desert gem. Led by Central Oregon Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell, volunteers will venture further than ever into the Hidden Springs area to document wilderness qualities of remote desert lands and monitor conditions on the ground. Click HERE for pictures of a previous inventory project in the Hampton Butte area. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 June 17 (Friday PM) to June 19 (Sunday AM) The 40,000 acre Silvies Valley Ranch, located in the stunning Silvies River Valley, has been a leader in eastern Oregon for private land riparian restoration. This will be our fifth season of partnership with Silvies Valley Ranch. Volunteers will work together planting aspen and dogwood trees along a small mountain stream. This trip is a great opportunity to learn about riparian restoration efforts in eastern Oregon. Click HERE to see photos from last year's trips. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.
Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 June 23 (Thursday PM) to 26 (Sunday AM) In partnerships with the Bureau of Land Management's Lakeview District, volunteers will help remove an obsolete fence within the Devils Garden Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Join ONDA and BLM staff for a fun weekend of exploring a remote WSA close to Bend. Click HERE for more information and to register. Click HERE to see photos from an earlier ONDA inventory trip to Devils Garden.
Difficulty Rating 3 of 5 July 7 (Thursday PM) to 10 (Sunday AM) Over the last 85 years, western juniper woodlands in Oregon have expanded an estimated four-fold. The rapid expansion is causing a reduction in sagebrush communities and has been determined to be a threat to sage-grouse. ONDA volunteers will work to improve the health of Hart Mountain's sage-steppe ecosystem by removing encroaching, young junipers from the landscape. Click HERE for pictures of a similar trip at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Difficulty Rating 4 out of 5 August 17 (Wednesday PM) to 21 (Sunday AM) An opportunity to backpack into the lesser known regions of the Steens Mountain Wilderness. Backpack into a base camp near Cold Springs and then day hike each day in search of barb-wire. The trip will focus on mapping out fence within the Wilderness in order to focus our final few trips to remove all the remaining fence within the Steens Wilderness. Click HERE to see photos from similar trips. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links
Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 September 1 (Thurs. PM) to 4 (Sunday AM) Located on the John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest and second largest state park. Following up on a successful fence mapping trip in 2015 where volunteers inventoried all of the fences in Hay Creek Canyon from when the park was a cattle ranch, this year's trip will focus on starting to remove fences that are no longer needed in order to improve wildlife habitat and the recreational experience of visitors.
Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5 September 22 (Thursday PM) to September 25 (Sunday PM) "Help take part in taking apart" one of the last major cross fences within Pine Creek Conservation Area. This barbed wire fence-line is a major barrier to north-south travel of elk and deer within the Conservation Area. We will be trucked to a remote back-country campsite and day-hike further out to the work site each morning. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures from similar trips out to the Conservation Area.
Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 5 September 28 (Wednesday AM/PM) Join ONDA for a laid back work trip in the beautiful John Day River country. This trip will be held at the Clarno Nursery where ONDA staff and volunteers will harvest and prep a variety of native plants that will be used in future ONDA restoration trips. A great single day outing that is critical to the success of many other restoration trips! Click HERE for pictures from last year's willow harvest trip. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 September 29 (Thursday PM) to October 2 (Sunday AM) Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a unique area that protects thousands of acres of globally critical habitat particularly for birds. This year we will be working with refuge staff to remove old fence near the historic P Ranch under the backdrop of Steens Mountain. Join us as we camp, hike, restore and explore this incredible wildlife refuge.
Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 October 6 (Thursday PM) to 9 (Sunday PM) Our fourth major trip in a series of new major riparian restoration efforts ONDA will be heading up on the South Fork of the Crooked River. A fantastic chance to make a huge impact on a privately owned, but open to the public conservation parcel immediately adjacent to the Wilderness Study Area. Planting work will occur all day Saturday, and perhaps Sunday Morning as well.
Difficulty Rating 3 of 5 October 13 (Thursday PM) to 16 (Sunday AM) Sometimes fences are a good thing. Over the course of two days we will be dismantling and re-building a fence that will eventually protect almost a mile of river from cattle and feral horse grazing. No Fence work experience required. -