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Spring Basin

Spring Basin is a small wilderness area located in the hills about the John Day Wild and Scenic River. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of ONDA members and supporters, Spring Basin received permanenet protection as Wilderness in 2009.

Spring Basin Wilderness Area is a tapestry of rolling hills, providing spectacular vistas of the John Day River and surrounding landscape. Located just south of state highway 218 near Clarno, Oregon, this unique wild area offers a profusion of desert wildflowers in the spring, along with recreational opportunities for hikers, horseback riders, hunters, botanists, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Spring Basin Wilderness
Spring Basin Wilderness.
Photo: Jim Davis
Local landowners, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and ONDA worked together to improve access to public lands and bring Wilderness protections to Spring Basin. Bolstered by widespread local support for the initiative, on March 30th, 2009, Congress passed a bill granting 10,000 acres of public lands at Spring Basin permanent protection as Wilderness.
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