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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.

Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring)

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.

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The Great Old Broads for Wilderness at Hart Mountain

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.

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Hampton Butte Backcountry Wilderness Inventory

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.

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Silvies Valley Ranch Riparian Restoration

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.

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Devils Garden WSA Fence Pull and Monitoring Trip

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.

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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 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

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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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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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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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