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Restoration Work Trips, Parties and Gatherings

People are at the heart of what we do. That's why we host a variety of events that build our community. From educational events, to social gatherings, fundraisers, calendar exhibitions and restoration work trips, there's something for everyone.

Browse through the complete listing of current events here. Or, if you are specifically interested in our volunteer work trips, be sure to check out the annual calendar and details HERE. We add events frequently so sign up for our Sagenet email updates to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Hart Mountain Juniper Removal

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.

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Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Mapping

Difficulty Rating 4 out of 5 August 24 (Wednesday PM) to 28 (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

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Backcountry Fence Pull at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Come see where epic adventure and environmental advocacy meet at ONDA’s ninth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Friday, September 9th at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

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Blacktop Butte Fence Pull at Pine Creek Conservation Area #2

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.

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Clarno Nursery Fall Willow Harvest

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.

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Project

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.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Fall)

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.

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Fence Pull and Build on South Fork Crooked River

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. -

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2016 Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground

Oregon Natural Desert Association is proud to host the 2016 Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground in Bend, OR.

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Hart Mountain Mule Deer Survey

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 out of 5 For those volunteers who have been lucky enough to have joined us on the sage-grouse lek counts, this trip will be very similar. But instead of navigating to predetermined sites to watch and count birds, we will be covering a defined survey area looking for and counting mule deer in order to provide the USFWS a sex and age composition of the herd. This is a great opportunity to explore the Refuge during the quiet season and view and photograph mule deer and other wildlife.

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