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2016 Calender of Volunteer Work Trips

A complete listing of ONDA's volunteer work trips scheduled for 2016. New opportunities often arise throughout the year.

Save the Date, Save the Desert!

Find a complete listing of ONDA's volunteer work trips scheduled for 2016 below. Please note that new opportunities to volunteer are always popping up. In order to be kept up to date, sign up to receive our Sagenet email updates.

To ensure you choose trips that meet your expectations, take a moment to review our trip "Difficulty Rating" system.

In the event that the trips listed below do not fit your schedule or you have plans to head out to the desert on your own and are looking for a way to give back, consider joining our new Independent Stewards Program.

Do you know a spectacular ONDA volunteer? Nominate them HERE to be chosen as ONDA's Volunteer of the Year!

Clarno Nursery Winter Willow Harvest

Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 5
February 27 (Saturday AM/PM)

Join ONDA for the first work trip of 2016 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 to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring Trip #1

Difficuly Rating: 3 out of 5
March 17 (Thursday PM) to March 20 (Sunday AM)
This trip is one of ONDA's most popular. Join us for three mornings of waking up long before dawn to watch these incredible birds strut their stuff as the sun rises over the distant Steens Mountain. In addition to watching these birds strut, we will work to make fences safer for wildlife by installing high visibility reflectors along the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge fence boundary.  Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring Trip #2

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
April 7 (Thursday PM) to April 10 (Sunday AM)

This trip is one of ONDA's most popular. Join us for three mornings of waking up long before dawn to watch these incredible birds strut their stuff as the sun rises over the distant Steens Mountain. The data collected on this trip will be used for sage-grouse research and management both at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and in the greater Great Basin. Click HERE for photos from last year's trip.  Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Annual General Meeting

Difficulty Rating: 1 to 3 out of 5.
April 15 (Friday PM) to April 17 (Sunday AM)

The "Big One". A day of volunteer projects (juniper removal to increase flow in Pine Creek), an evening of music, beer and catching up on "everything ONDA", followed by a morning of hiking and exploring the "John Day Neighborhood".  Click HERE for pictures of last year's Annual Meeting.  Click HERE for more information and to start the registration process.

Steens Mountain WSA Route Monitoring Trip

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
April 21 (Thursday PM) to April 24 (Sunday AM)

The Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA) consists of more than 400,000 acres of public land that provide unique opportunities for recreation, hunting and fishing, cattle grazing, and important wildlife habitat. Join ONDA for an exploration of this incredible area and help monitor conditions on the ground by conducting an  inventory of roads and rangeland health throughout portions of the CMPA. Click HERE to see photos of a similar trip last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Owyhee Wild & Scenic River Float

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
April 24 (Sunday PM) to April 29 (Friday PM)

Join ONDA and Ouzel Outfitters for a fully outfitted rafting trip in one of the most remote, wild places in the lower 48: The Wild & Scenic Owyhee River! Spend five days and four nights in Oregon's Grand Canyon, as we float along the mighty Owyhee amidst painted rocks, cathedral spires and emerald green waters. To know Oregon’s best kept secret is to love it! Cost: $1000 per person.Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures from previous trips. Owyhee River trips are operated by Ouzel Outfitters, an authorized BLM Special Recreation Permit holder.

Blacktop Butte Fence Pull at Pine Creek Conservation Area

Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5
April 28 (Thursday PM) to May 1 (Sunday PM)
Help deconstruct one of the last major cross fences within Pine Creek Conservation Area which is a major barrier to north-south travel of elk and deer.  Participants will be trucked to a remote back-country campsite and day-hike 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.

Keen Employees South Fork Crooked River Restoration Trip

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5.
May 10 (Tuesday PM) to May 12 (Thursday AM)

What better way to explore a magnificent high desert river than to restore its banks, camp beneath its starry sky and explore its vast back-country hiking opportunities? This trip is reserved for employees of Keen Footwear who will spend three days in paradise, aka the South Fork Crooked River, exploring and working to improve native fish habitat. Click HERE for pictures of a previous restoration trip to this area.  Click HERE for more information and to register.

Alder Springs Clean-up and Trail Maintenance

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 more information and to register.

Owyhee Inflatable Kayak Float Trip and Fence Survey

Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5
May 15 (Sunday PM) to May 22 (Sunday PM)
This will be a truly wonderful adventure!  Experienced whitewater paddlers are invited to join us for a late season float on the Wild and Scenic Owyhee River. Participants will each paddle an inflatable kayak with gear from Rome to Birch Creek.  We'll soak in the sights and hot springs.  But we will also conduct daily rigorous hikes up to the canyon rim to help us map the condition of fences keeping cattle out of the river corridor.  Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures from previous trips. Owyhee River trips are operated by Ouzel Outfitters, an authorized BLM Special Recreation Permit holder. Trip cost is $1099 per person.

Pine Creek Backcountry Fence Pull: Eastern Boundary

Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5
May 19 (Thursday PM) to May 22 (Sunday AM)

May is one of the best months to get out and explore the remote eastern boundary of the 35,000 acre Pine Creek Conservation Area. We will be shuttled into a quiet valley we will call home for a few great days of fence-pulling. Each day will begin with a day-hike to our work site. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures from similar trips out to the Conservation Area.

Owyhee Canyonlands Monitoring Trip

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
May 25 (Wednesday PM) to May 29 (Sunday AM)
Following up on similar trips from years past, volunteers on 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 camp beneath the canyon rims, to explore and to help protect the beloved Owyhee Canyonlands. Click HERE for photos from a previous trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring)

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5
June 3 (Friday PM) to June 5 (Sunday PM)

Join in on the third trip in a series of major riparian restoration efforts ONDA is conducting on the South Fork of the Crooked River. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a huge impact on a privately owned conservation parcel immediately adjacent to the Wilderness Study Area.  Planting work will occur all day Saturday, and Sunday Morning if need be.  Click HERE for pictures of the trip last year.  Click HERE for more information and to register.

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness at Hart Mountain

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
June 9 (Thursday PM) to June 12 (Sunday PM)

ONDA and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness will venture out to the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 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. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Hampton Butte Backcountry Wilderness Inventory

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
June 9 (Thursday PM) to 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.

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 (SVR) is located in the stunning Silvies River Valley. On this trip volunteers will help SVR, a leader in private land riparian restoration efforts in eastern Oregon, plant aspen and dogwood trees along a small mountain stream. Volunteers will learn the principles of desert riparian restoration on this trip. Click HERE to see photos from last year's trips. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Devils Garden WSA Fence Pull and Monitoring Trip

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
June 23 (Thursday PM) to June 26 (Sunday AM)

In partnership 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.

Hart Mountain Juniper Removal

Difficulty Rating 3 of 5
July 7 (Thursday PM) to July 10 (Sunday AM)
Over the last 85 years, western juniper woodlands in Oregon have expanded by 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 survival. ONDA volunteers will work to improve the health of Hart Mountain's sage-steppe ecosystem by removing young junipers from the landscape. Click HERE for pictures of a similar trip to the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Beaver Dam Analogues Installation, Malheur National Forest

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5
August 11 (Thursday PM) to 14 (Sunday PM)
Cooperative riparian restoration efforts are now in full swing at Malheur National Forest.  Help us jump start beaver re-colonization in the national forest by helping to install beaver dam analogues (BDAs) along Summit Creek.  This will be a car-camping based trip with plenty of different work opportunities. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures of other BDA installations at a different location.

Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Mapping

Difficulty Rating 4 out of 5
August 24 (Wednesday PM) to August 28 (Sunday AM)
Backpack into a base camp near Cold Springs, a lesser known region of the Steens Mountain Wilderness, and then explore the area in search of barbed wire fencing. This trip will focus on mapping out fence within the Wilderness in order to remove it on subsequent trips. Click HERE to see photos from a 2013 fence mapping trip at Steens. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Backcountry Fence Pull at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5
September 1 (Thurs. PM) to September 4 (Sunday AM)
Located on the John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest and second largest state park. Volunteers will help remove obsolete fence that impedes wildlife travel, explore the remote canyons of this Oregon treasure and experience true solitude. While ONDA volunteers work in a lot of beautiful places, the rugged beauty of this park rivals that of any other east side jewel. Click HERE for images from last year's trip to Cottonwood S.P. Click HERE for more information and to register.

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 backcountry  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.

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.

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 provides thousands of acres of critical habitat for avian species. This year we will be working with Refuge staff to remove old fence near the historic P Ranch under the backdrop of Steens Mountain. Volunteers will camp, hike, restore and explore this incredible area. Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Denny Jones Ranch Weed Mat Removal with Burns Paiute Tribe

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
October 5 (Wednesday PM) to October 7 (Friday PM)

The Burns Paiute Tribe acquired this property located near Juntura, Oregon in 2000. The ranch consists of 6,385 acres of meadow, wetland, and sagebrush steppe habitats along the Malheur River which is managed for; improving critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations, controlling/eradicating weed populations, improving water quality, and preserving cultural resources for tribal members. Join ONDA for an exploration of this incredible property and to help restore it. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Riparian Planting on the South Fork Crooked River

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5
October 6 (Thursday PM) to October 9 (Sunday PM)
Join the fourth major trip in a series of major riparian restoration efforts ONDA is conducting on the South Fork of the Crooked River.  This is a fantastic opportunity to make a huge impact on a privately owned conservation parcel located adjacent to a Wilderness Study Area. Planting work will occur all day Saturday, and Sunday Morning if need be.  Click HERE for pictures from lat year's trip  Click HERE for more information and to register.

Fence Pull and Build on South Fork Crooked River

Difficulty Rating 3 of 5
October 13 (Thursday PM) to October 16 (Sunday AM)

Join ONDA and staff from the Prineville Bureau of Land Management for a full-circle restoration trip in the South Fork Crooked River Canyon.  The focus of this trip will be dismantling and re-building a fence that will eventually protect almost a mile of river from cattle and feral horse grazing.  Click HERE for pictures of a previous fence project in the same general area. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Riparian Planting in Malheur National Forest

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5
October 20 (Thursday PM) to October 23 (Sunday AM)
Come lend a hand on this cooperative project working to restore several Upper John Day River tributaries. Now that grazing is excluded from these riparian reaches, we can get to work restoring this critical Steelhead habitat together. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Hart Mountain Mule Deer Survey

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
November 17 (Thursday PM) to November 20 (Sunday PM)
Those volunteers who have been lucky enough to participate in sage-grouse lek counts know how much fun wildlife surveying is. 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 US Fish and Wildlife Service 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. Click HERE to see pictures from last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

 

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