The New

Devin Dahlgren   Website

Welcome to the new ONDA website.

Well, hello there reader! If this is your first time visiting ONDA’s website, you can skip right past this post and carry on in your exploration of this site.

Those of you who have been following ONDA for a few years will have noticed that our website looks pretty different from our old website. We hope the changes we’ve made bring you closer to Oregon’s high desert and inspire you to advocate for its protection.



Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”


Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse


What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  

Beautiful Photographs

The first thing you’ll notice (we hope!) is the images. ONDA is grateful to the many talented photographers who share their photos with us each year to grace the pages of our annual Wild Desert Calendar, our newsletter, and this website.

For these photographers, sharing images with ONDA is an extension of their commitment to public lands. You can see who took any particular image by clicking on the camera icon in the bottom right corner of the photo.  And, you can read the bios of our frequent contributors here.

With images that span the width of the page and photo galleries, our new website was designed to provide a better showcase for their images and, in turn, a better showcase for the beauty of Oregon’s high desert.

Site visitors can also get to know the ONDA team better now, thanks to the professional photography provided by Michelle Bauer.



A Volunteer Twice Over

Sage Brown joins us frequently on stewardship trips, where he not only lends a hand in the restoration work, but also documents the experience.

Read our photograher's bios

Sage Brown   Website

An Eye on the Desert

Jim Davis's dramatic landscape images have brought more attention to every region in which ONDA works.

Explore Sutton Mountain

Jim Davis   Website

How Greg Burke Sees the Desert

Greg Burke's compelling images of Steens, ancient junipers, bighorn sheep and more have illustrated our Wild Desert Calendar each year, bringing the high desert into thousands of households.

Check Out the Wild Desert Calendar

Greg Burke   Website

Dedicated Photographers

Tyler Roemer, whose images have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Rock & Ice, Outside Magazine, and moree, is dedicated to capturing genuine life moments in the outdoors with athletes at play.

Meet the Photographers

Tyler Roemer   Website

Looking Sharp

Michelle Bauer's great portraiture skills captured the friendly, professional spirit of ONDA's staff.

Meet the Staff

Michelle Bauer   Website

Better Visitor’s Guides

We had a good deal of visitor info on our old site, but it was admittedly a bit tricky to find. In this version, we’ve made this information a bit more prominent and we’re looking forward to adding more content to these guides in the coming year. We hope you’ll use our visitor’s guides as a starting point for your own exploration of these remarkable regions.

Enjoy the beautiful photographs and learning more about Oregon’s High Desert! We hope you won’t find too many broken links or typos, but, if you do, please feel free to email a note to our communications manager and we’ll do our best to get it fixed right away.