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Oregon’s first desert wilderness

Oregon’s first desert wilderness

Steens Mountain: Oregon’s first desert wilderness

On October 30, 2000, Congress passed the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act, finishing the work that had taken ONDA and the other members of the Steens-Alvord Coalition decades  

Steens Mountain is a land of startling contrasts: dramatic u-shaped

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Badger

Badger

Badgers are generally nocturnal, but, in remote areas with no human encroachment, they are routinely observed foraging during the day. They prefer open areas with grasslands, which can include parklands, farms, and treeless areas with crumbly soil and a supply of rodent prey.

Badgers are born blind, furred, and helpless. Their eyes open at four to six weeks.

Latin name: Taxidea taxus

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Michelle Frisella, member since 2017

Michelle Frisella, member since 2017

So proud of ONDA and its members and volunteers. Such hard work gets done. To use an overused word, this is patriotism!

High Desert Speaker Series

Great events in Bend and Portland.

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Sean Bagshaw   Website

A Winter Visit to Steens?

Checking the weather forecast and snow conditions is essential, but with the right window and smart preparation, visiting Steens Mountain in the wintertime can be quite magical.

Find a Winter Adventure

Renee Patrick

Welcome to Oregon's High Desert

With natural beauty, abundant solitude, ample recreational opportunities, significant cultural touchstones, and a wide array of plants and wildlife, Oregon’s high desert is truly world-class. Even more remarkable, much of Oregon’s desert is public land, owned by all Americans equally.

Come, explore the desert alongside Oregon Natural Desert Association and see for yourself how unique and wild this place is.

Discover Oregon’s Desert

Central Oregon Backcountry

Visit Central Oregon

Greg Burke   Website

Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

Explore Hart-Sheldon

Greg Burke   Website

John Day River Basin

Discover John Day

Steve Roelof   Website

Owyhee Canyonlands

Explore the Owyhee

Mark Darnell

Steens Mountain Region

Visit Steens

Jim Davis   Website

Oregon Desert Trail

Trek the Oregon Desert Trail

Sage Brown   Website

Caring for the Desert We Love

Oregon Natural Desert Association encourages people to get to know the desert and to take steps to conserve these public lands. Our community defends public lands from threats, partners with public and private land managers to preserve natural values, encourages the exploration of wild places, and restores lands and waters to give desert creatures places in which to thrive.    

Our Approach

We are an inclusive community committed to conservation.

The Voice of the Desert

With more than 10,000 members and supporters, ONDA is the only conservation organization dedicated exclusively to preserving Oregon’s high desert.

Our dream? We envision a high desert in Oregon where eight million acres of public lands are conserved to ensure that fish and wildlife thrive and wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore, now and always.

About Us

Jim Davis   Website

Katy McFadden

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Allison Crotty

Sage Brown   Website

Elisa Cheng

Sam Hartman

Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an educational talk, a guided hike, or a casual social gathering? Want to plant trees or maintain trails? Check out ONDA’s event calendar! Our events and stewardship trips offer something for everyone.

We add new events frequently, so sign up for our email updates to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun. 

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"Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from." - Terry Tempest Williams